Community First

Application Form - Darnall Ward Community First Plan

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THE FIRST ROUND OF COMMUNITY FIRST WAS BE HELD ON MONDAY THE 28TH OF APRIL 2014
THE NEXT ROUND OF COMMUNITY FIRST IS TO BE HELD IN JULY 2014
ALL APPLICATIONS NEED TO BE RETURNED BY TUESDAY THE 8TH OF JULY 2014
THE NEXT MEETING OF THE GRANTS PANEL WILL BE ON TUESDAY THE 15TH OF JULY 2014

DETAILS OF PREVIOUS YEARS GRANTS ARE IN LINKS AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE
DETAILS OF PREVIOUS MEETING DATES ARE ON PANEL MEMBERS PAGE
THE APPLICATION FORM AND COMMUNITY PLAN LINKS AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE
FOR DETAILS OF HOW TO APPLY FOR A GRANT SEE INFO LINK AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE
FOR DETAILS OF HOW TO JOIN THE GRANTS PANEL SEE INFO LINK AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE

Community First is a funding programme from the Office of Civil Society.

£30 Million is now available nationwide to fund community projects in some of the most deprived areas of the country. People are being encouraged to give time, expertise and resources towards the projects they identify in their areas. The government will then match these pound for pound, helping to stimulate local action towards meeting community needs.

The programme helps 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.

Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund is an initiative that provides local communities with the means to address their own priorities.

The communities in Darnall Ward have come together to set up a local panel which decides upon projects for funding in their area.

It is a matched fund programme, which means that every £1 provided in funding must be matched by a similar amount of in-kind donations (this means donations of cash, services, free products or volunteer time).

There is no feedback process for unsuccessful applications at this time as community first is run on a voluntary basis and there isnít the capacity for panel members to give individual feedback, so please don't ask, the decision of the panel is also final.

Bids recommended by us for funding will continue to be posted on the website and once the recommendation has gone to the Community Development Foundation they will contact aplicants directly for any further information they require

PRIORITIES
We will continue to use the same priorities:
Safer & Stronger Communities
Children & Young People
Improving Health & Well-Being
Environment
Increasing Employability Skills & Reducing Poverty

PROJECTS SUBMITTED MUST COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE PANEL
Late submissions will not be accepted.

The project must be based in Darnall Ward  and working with Darnall Ward residents.

The applicant must answer the questions asked on the form attempting to keep to the boxes provided by CDF. e.g. Describe your project in no more than 150 words.   There is no need to describe your  overall work, just the one you are applying to fund.

The project must offer value for money.

It is not our intention to offer feedback. Bids recommended by us for funding  will continue to be posted on the website and once the recommendation has gone to the Community Development Foundation they will contact aplicants directly for any further information they require.

If you would like to be part of the Community First Panel please contact:
Darnall Forum on 0114 2490099 or email neil@darnall.org.uk
or
Tinsley Forum on 0114 2444887 or email admin@tinsleyforum.co.uk

Panel Members and Meetings

If your group is in the Darnall Ward and you are interested in applying for a grant of between £250 and £2,500, please contact Tinsley Forum on 0114 2444887 or email admin@tinsleyforum.co.uk The closing date for the first round of applications to be received - by email or by post - is 5.30pm on Friday 25 May.

Applications and requests for information must be emailed to admin@tinsleyforum.co.uk or posted to
Community First
Tinsley One Stop Shop
120 - 126 Bawtry Road
Tinsley
Sheffield
S9 1UE

You can download an application form here: Community First Application Form

Your application should explain how you will help to meet our current priorities. Your group will also need its own bank account and, preferably, a constitution or set of rules governing the way it works. The community assembly team may be able to help you put this together if necessary.

We have reproduced below a copy of the national guidelines for applicants, but please note the subject headings are based on the national application form. The application form for Darnall Ward is slightly different, although the panel will be looking for the same sort of information from applicants.

Community Development Foundation

Community First Programme: Neighbourhood Matched Fund Guidance Notes:

How to request funds from your local panel

This document will explain how the Community First: Neighbourhood Matched Fund works, whether you can apply, and how to request funds from your local panel. It contains useful web links and guidance on completing a Funding Proposal Form, in which you can set out the aims of your project, the problems it addresses, and the benefits to your neighbourhood.

Details about the programme & the aim of the programme

£30 Million is now available to fund community projects in some of the most deprived areas of the country. 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.

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.

Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund is an initiative that provides local communities with the means to address their own priorities.

Communities will set up local panels in each eligible ward, and will decide upon projects for funding in their area.

It is a matched fund programme, which means that every £1 provided in funding must be matched by a similar amount of in-kind donations (this means donations of cash, services, free products or volunteer time).

CDF Website

All the information on this fund can be found through the following link:-

http://www.cdf.org.uk/web/guest/neighbourhood-matched-fund

Am I eligible to apply to my panel for funding?

You can check the postcode finder on our website, to see whether your ward is eligible for funding. If so, and your project will directly benefit people in your ward then you are free to apply for funding. Each ward has its own Community First Panel which is made up of members of your community who have come together to produce a list of priorities to improve your area. If a project fits in with these priorities then the panel may recommend it for funding. You can learn more about panels on our website.

Each panel will have a webpage and email address.  You can find out about local priorities on the webpage and get in touch with them via the email.

CDFís website will provide the web details and email addresses for all panels.

Is funding available to individuals?

No, funding for this programme is only available to groups, so if you have an idea to improve your neighbourhood, you must form a group to apply for funding. You will need to create a set of rules which all members of your group agree to abide by. This is called a Terms of Reference. For help on creating a Terms of Reference you can find a template form on our website. For some useful advice on how to set up a project, please visit the My Community Starter website: http://www.communitytoolkit.co.uk/

How do I apply?

You can discuss your project with your local panel and if it is approved then a representative from your local panel will recommend your project to us for funding. You can find the contact details of your panel on the website. Although you do not have to do this, it might be a good idea to fill out a Project Proposal Form which can be found on the website. This form allows you to show the panel how your project fits in with the aims of the Community First programme, and it provides the information in the way the panel will need to see it to make a decision.


Community First Application Form

Project Proposal Form Guidance

You need to answer all questions.

About your group

Please provide standard contact details so that CDF can contact you if the panel approves your proposal.

About your project

Project Title

Choose a name for your project which will allow it to be easily recognised.

Project Summary

Please provide details about your project i.e. the aims of the project. The aim is a brief statement that explains the overall purpose of your project.

Which of the local priorities identified for your ward does this project address?

The panel website will list the priorities for the ward, make a note of which of these priorities your project will address.

How does your project meet these priorities?

The starting point for addressing how your project meets the priorities in your ward is to be clear on the need it is addressing. You need to demonstrate a problem, issue or situation where something needs to be changed to make things better for a person, group of people or an environment. 

Area Covered by project

Although funding for this programme is at ward level, different neighbourhoods within your ward may have greater need of funding. Please let the panel know here what specific area of your ward your project will benefit.

Amount requested

Tell us how much grant you are applying for?

What is the start date for the project and when will it be completed?

Tell us how long the project will take to complete.  Be as realistic as possible about when the project might start and how long it will take to complete.  Donít put a start date of a week after submission of your proposal, if the panel is not going to meet for three weeks.  You should find panel meeting dates on their webpage, or you can email them to ask. Please bear in mind the time frames when planning your project. Any unspent funds will need to be returned to CDF at the end of each financial year.

The Local Community

How many people will be involved in the project? What will they be doing?

There are various ways of involving people. For example:

∑                      Having people who would use your project on your management committee.
∑                      Getting local people who will use the project to help design it.
∑                      Setting up user groups to give feedback on your plans and plan activities.
∑                      Where appropriate local people delivering activities or volunteering on the project.

The more members of the local community involved in the project will mean a higher number of volunteer hours, which means a higher match value for the project.

How will this project improve this neighbourhood?

Once you have addressed the need of your project of your project, you will need to have clear idea of the specific changes and improvements your project will have in your neighbourhood.



























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