What is Community First?
A national fund of £30 Million is now available for community projects in some of the most deprived areas of the country. As part of this funding programme the Braunstone Park and Rowley Fields Ward of Leicester has been allocated £67,820 from 2011 to 2015. The funds are intended to:
- Support local projects that improve the quality of life for local people
- Promote a sense of ownership not only of problems but of local opportunities and resources
- Start more neighbourhood groups and revitalise existing groups
- Introduce a new approach to funding projects - leveraging time, money and other resources - helping neighbourhoods play a leading role in regenerating their area
It is a match fund programme , which means every £1 provided in funding must be matched by a similar amount of in-kind donations (this can be cash, services, free products or volunteer time).
Groups can apply for funds for individual projects from £250 to £2,500 and apply for more than one project per year.
What are the local priorities?
Following extensive consultation over the last 2 years it has been identified that the following priorities need addressing for our neighbourhood:
- Improvements in Educational attainment across all key stages
- A reduction in risky lifestyle behaviours and health issues for Young People, notably Teenage conception rates, alcohol and drug mis-use
- Continued tackling of ASB and perceptions of crime and ASB, particularly in relation to Young People
- Increase in community-based services for Older People
- Co-ordinated planning to tackle the significant health inequalities prevalent in our Ward
- How to apply for funds?
The deadlines for Funding applications for 2014 are: May 10th, June 21st, August 2nd, September 13th, October 25th and December 6th.
Details of your local Community First Panel:
The Braunstone Park and Rowley Fields Panel is made up of local residents and workers. The current panel members are:
Cllr Michael Cooke – Local Ward Councillor and Resident
Geoff Stagg – Local Resident and Chair of the Braunstone Neighbourhood Management Board and Friends of Highway Spinney
Arthur Manger – Local Resident and Chair of the Manor House Management Committee
Eileen Gollings – Local Resident and member of Braunstone Residents Network
Joy Vincent - Local Resident and member of Braunstone Residents Network
Sara Swire – New Dawn New Day (local Charity)
Louise Lavelle - Development Officer ( Community Safety Partnership)
Mike Broad - LCC Neighbourhood Development Manager
Local Community groups that have had funding approved:
Young People's Sports Network
Manor House Community Association (MHCA).
BRAUNSTONE STARS AND ANGELS CHILDRENS SINGING GROUP
The panel will be meeting every 6 weeks in 2013 and will consider funding applications on a rolling process. The outcome of panel meetings will be posted on this webpage so you can keep in touch with what projects have been funded in your local area. Take a look at our January and March meeting minutes.
Who to contact for further information: