Community First

The West Marsh ward is one of six wards in North East Lincolnshire which have been been confirmed as Community First areas eligible to draw down funding under a Neighbourhood Matched Fund programme. (The others are East Marsh, Freshney, Park, Sidney Sussex and Yarborough).

Community First is an £80m government-funded initiative that will run for four years, until March 2015. The programme will help communities come together to identify their strengths and local priorities in order to plan for their future and become more resilient. It will fund both new and existing community groups.

The Community First programme is managed by the Community Development Foundation and there is more basic information on their website here.

The Neighbourhood Matched Fund is where the money will come from to support our local ward. £30 Million is available to fund community projects in some of the most deprived areas of the country – Freshney counts as one of these! Local people will be encouraged to give time, expertise and resources towards the projects they identify in their areas. The government will match these pound for pound, helping to stimulate local action towards meeting community needs. More general information here.

We’re at the very early stages of using this money to make a difference in our area.

A Community First Panel has now been formed.

Keep an eye on these pages for more information.