Manningham Ward Community First Fund

Manningham Ward Community First Fund

Grants for community action in the Manningham ward

Manningham Ward Community First offers grants for community activities across the Manningham ward.

Community groups can use Community First to support a wide range of activities which improve the quality of life in the area and encourage more people to get actively involved in making things happen.

Before you complete the application form, please read FAQ section.
This section includes guidance on completing the form and is regularly updated.

The Government would like to encourage and support neighbourhoods who want to take a more ‘strategic’ approach and develop Community First Plans identifying what resources and capacity is already available to the community.

A Community First Panel of local people has been formed to manage this for the Manningham Ward. Through the panel, small grants are available to fund community projects which meet local priorities.

Please see below for more details about the programme and how to apply for funding.

The Community First Programme will:

  • Support local projects in Manningham 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 will result in:

  • Communities being able to help themselves and others
  • Neighbourhood groups that are better able to express their needs and influence decisions made about that community
  • Neighbourhood groups that are better able to take control of resources needed to make a difference – enhancing   confidence, capability and  partnership


The Manningham Ward Community First Panel priorities for this round are:

  • Involving Older people
  • Investing in Young people
  • Promote a cleaner, greener environment
  • Contributing to community life

The final decision on awarding the grant will be made by the Community Development Foundation  (CDF).


We welcome bids up to £1,000 based on at least one of these priorities.

Please see below for general limitations as a guideline on what can be applied for.

To receive a Manningham Ward Community First Grant, any group or organisation must:

  • Be based within the Manningham Ward & benefit the residents of Manningham ward.
  • Show that their project is in line with the priorities identified for the Manningham ward community first panel.
  • Be a not-for-profit, third sector voluntary or community group
  • Be connected with and/or meeting the needs of the local community
  • Have a bank account with 2 signatories OR nominate an organisation which has a bank account with 2 signatories to hold funds on its behalf
  • Have a governing document that has as a minimum the name, aim/purpose, objects, a dissolution clause for the organisation, a list of Trustees/Committee members, and Trustees/Committee member signatures.
  • Provide evidence of significant community participation in their application through the group’s matched element to the project

Examples of what can be funded are:

  • The purchase of equipment
  • The costs of putting on a local event or workshop
  • Training for volunteers
  • Additional activities to expand an existing funded project
  • Activities that support community activity
  • Activities that meet an identified need in the local community
  • Funding to support an organisation to achieve a quality or other standard relevant to their activities.


Community First Fund cannot fund the following:

  • Individuals
  • Statutory organisations, such as Local Authorities, schools and the Police Force
  • Arm’s length public sector organisations that are controlled wholly or in part by, for example, a Local Authority, a Primary Care Trust or agencies of these
  • Any party political activity
  • Purely religious or political activities
  • Commercial ventures
  • Certain types of activities that support Asylum Seeker groups*.

*This funding cannot be used for the provision of services to asylum seekers when those services are inconsistent with immigration laws or Home Office policy. For the purposes of this fund, an ‘asylum seeker’ means a person who has brought an asylum or human rights claim in the UK which has not yet been determined by either the Secretary of State or, as applicable, any relevant appellate authorities. It also includes a person who is a dependant on such a claim. Further information can be found at:


Our appraisal process will take account of the following:

  • Does the project address one or more of the local priorities the panel has set?
  • Is the timetable for delivery achievable?
  • Will the project result in an improvement in the quality of life or opportunities for local people?
  • What are the possibilities for the participation of local people and volunteers in delivering the project?
  • What benefits to the neighbourhood will result from the project?
  • Do the project costs represent good value for money?


  • Once your project is completed you will be asked by CDF to complete and return a monitoring form within a month of your grant completion.
  • We will ask you to provide information and updates about your project. This can take in the form of photographs, case studies, etc.

Manningham Ward fund now live. Please log on to for an application. If you’ve already applied previously you will need to log on to your cdf account and complete a monitoring form for your previous grant BEFORE you apply again. Good Luck!

Making an application

Applications will be assessed and considered by the appraisal panel.

Application Form
Click here to download our Community First application form.

Manningham Community First is a funding scheme for the Manningham ward. It aims to get more people involved in community action by supporting a wide range of activities run by and for local people.

What does an application require?

1. A good idea or an activity
Community First is about community action, not just buying something or paying someone. Think about what is going to happen on your project, and what is going to change as a result.

2. A constitution
Community groups usually have a constitution. This document describes why the group exists and some basic rules about how it will work (membership, meetings etc.).

3. A bank account
Community groups and charities have bank accounts that require two or more signatures for any payment.

4. A budget
A budget is a shopping list for your activity. You need to include everything you plan to spend a Community First grant on, making sure that the costs are realistic..

5. Match funding
Groups funded by the CF programme will need to demonstrate match funding. The matched element should principally be in volunteer time but can also be donated cash, goods and services.  As grants awarded will be small and volunteering opportunities in some cases may be limited, many groups will nonetheless, be dependent on volunteers to help deliver projects.  We are recommending groups use an hourly rate of £11.09 to calculate the value of volunteer match time (see full explanation of the hourly rate at the section below).

Community First needs to see that you are putting in as much as they are. You can show your contribution as:
• money (for example another grant or your group’s own money)
• volunteer time (valued at £11.09 per hour)
• other resources (we can help identify these with you)

Most groups will want to use volunteer time to match Community First as it soon adds up. For example:

11 people volunteering 20 hours each
= 11 people x 20 hours x £11.09 per hour
£2,439.08 in volunteer time. Easy!

6. Insurance
Every activity funded by Community First must be covered by insurance. In most cases, this would be Public Liability Insurance.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a chat about your application, please get in touch. You can also call us on 01274 731020


The project will be accepting applications until:

September 10th 2014 at 3.00pm
The dealine for applications has now been extended until Thursday October the 30th at 3.00pm


The appraisal panel will meet end of March 2014. You will be expected to hear from us after the panel meeting.

Please do not contact us before this date.

Please ensure you affix correct postage as we will not be responsible for late or lost applications. Acknowledgement for receipt of application will only be sent upon request

Please post your applications (or email) to:

Join the panel
Please get in touch if you would like to join the panel. In order to join, you must be a resident in the Manningham Ward should be active in some way in your community. This might be as a volunteer, a community activist or a member of a local community group or campaigning organisation.

Panel meetings
The panel meets several times a year and also discuss applications by email.

Minutes of the panel, can be found here [click here]

The Community First Neighbourhood Plan

The Manningham Community First neighbourhood plan