The Community First panel scheme means some parts of the country get Government money to allocate to initiatives in that area.
First a panel of local people decides on priorities. Here in Cressington ward we have done that and the priorities are listed in an earlier post.
Then organisations/projects can apply for money. The panel makes the decisions. The scheme is matched funding which means you have to put something in to get funds. However that something can be time (for example volunteer hours) or items (like gifts in kind - say printing or free room hire).
We have more than £30,000 to allocate although it can't all be given out at once.
We'll be ready to look at applications soon and will post details of how to apply here.