What is Community First?
Community First is an England-wide programme, funded by the Office for Civil Society, on behalf of the Government. It will run for four years, until March 2015. Two funds of money, worth £80 million, have been created to help communities come together, become more resilient, and make their local area a better place to live.
Neighbourhood Match Fund:
A £30 million fund to encourage people to give time and expertise to local projects. The funds will be distributed to 600 areas across England, which have been selected by CDF according to several criteria.
Community First Panels:
Each of the 600 areas will have their own panel, comprised of local people to represent their community. They will be involved in creating a plan for the local area, raising awareness of the funds, and planning how they will match and spend the money.
What does this mean for you?
Tyburn has been selected as one of the 600 areas to receive Community First funding. Tyburn includes Birches Green, Pype Hayes, Castle Vale and Erdington Hall.
A Community First panel has been set up in your area, made up of local people. Their contact details can be found in the panel members section of this website. Get in touch to find out more or get involved.
The Community First programme is managed nationally by:
The Tyburn ward Community First panel would like to see some new applications for funding from groups in the ward. As long as the project meets the priorities as described in the plan, any group can apply for funding within the value £250.00 – £2,500.00. If you are not sure if your project fits or you need help with the forms, contact Judy on 0121 747 5932.
The next meeting will take place in January 2014. New funding applications must be submitted to the panel no later than 15th December 2013.
The panel met in September and considered applications from eight groups. They approved the following projects for funding:
- Topcliffe Media for a project about using social media legally and safely
- Tyburn Boxing Club for new equipment
- Castle Vale Jaguars Football Club for new kit, equipment and pitch fees
- Castle Vale Diabetes Support group for meeting costs and promotion
- The 2-4-All Group for a day trip and transport costs
- Community Environmental Trust for a project about energy switch and green energy supplier advice and support
At the beginning of the year the Community Development Foundation required each panel to create a Plan that sets out what they will do to improve the local area. People from the community were involved in developing the Plan to ensure different views were represented and that areas within the community were identified and targeted. The Plan is a way for the panel to tell the local community more about our priorities and how they will be delivered over a longer period. It identifies the resources available and funding priorities for the Community First NMF grant in the area until March 2015.
Here is a link to the Community First Plan for the Tyburn Ward:
COMMUNITY FIRST PLAN
The next meeting will take place at the end of September and new funding applications need to be in by 16th September, 2013
The panel met in June and considered applications from nine groups. They approved the following projects for funding:
- Castle Vale All Stars – for new kit and equipment
- Castle Vale Playscheme Partnership – for a project delivering youth activities over the summer holidays
- 2nd Vision – a project that provides partially sighted people with a safe place to meet and socialise
- Plantsbrook Nature Reserve – for improving the path network for users\
- Big Bang Prospects – for a Activ8 Skills…Activ8 fun! Project that will deliver a 14 week programme for young people in cricket, golf, touch rugby and fishing
The panel met in February and considered applications from 8 groups and approved the following projects for funding:
Castle Vale Pool Users Group – replacement of water polo goal nets
North and East Birmingham Phab – contribution towards a trip to the seaside
Castle Vale Youth Council – new branded clothing and development support
234th Birmingham 1st Castle Vale Scout Group – training and membership of leaders and young people in scouting’
Please note that the next panel meeting will be held in May and applications should be submitted by the end of April
Minutes of Decembers panel meeting are available below:
Minutes of Tyburn Community First Panel meeting 10th Dec
Please note that the next panel meeting will be held in February and applications should be submitted early in February.