Burslem South Community First Panel Funding


Screenshot of the Burslem South Community First Panel area. Click on the image to zoom further into the map on Openly Local and check if your project falls into our boundaries.

Does your group have a project in need of funding?

Will it address any of the following priorities?

1. events that brings the community together – at little or no cost to those that come along.
2. events that promote Burslem, or one of the communities that makes up Burslem.
3. events that make good use of one of Burslem’s open spaces.
4. event organised by local people that benefit a range of local people.

If your answer is YES, then your project could be put forward for a Community First award of between £250 and £2,500. If you would like to apply, then you will need to complete a short application form.

Please be aware that it may not be possible to fund all projects. Some projects may only receive part funding. Projects must benefit and involve local people in the former Burslem South electoral ward. If you are not sure whether your project qualifies, please get in touch using the comment form.

Projects we have funded:
£5000 was spent on purchasing Community Event equipment such as Gazebos, Tables and Catering Equipment.
This is being managed by Burslem School of Art, and is available for free use at Community Events in our area.
St John’s Community Church received £624 towards events that enable Young People to cook meals for Older Residents.
Urban Expression, Cobridge received £625 towards their Community Event in Cobridge Park.
Christchurch, Cobrige received £650 to fund a Music Evening open to their whole community.
Burslem & Middleport Local Forum received £1,450 towards the cost of Middleport Design Festival
St Paul’s Church received £650 to fund a Community Arts Mosaic to go on the wall of the Church.
Swanbank Church received £650 towards their Community Crafts for Children, and providing a Christmas Day meal to vulnerable residents.
Burslem South Community First Panel has around £24,000 of funding remaining to allocate to projects that fit with our locally identified priorities, between now and 2015.
Who sits on Burslem South Community First Panel?
The Panel Chair is Rev Darren McIndoe, who has been Rector of Burslem for the past three years.
The Vice Chair is Clare White, who is a Burslem resident/worker and chair of Burslem & Middleport Local Forum.
Cath Ralph is previous CEO of Burslem School of Art has a passion for Burslem and its Urban Villages.
Sue Winterbottom is a resident from Dalehall.
We are about to confirm one more new member of the Panel and are always looking for people to become involved as volunteer panel members and to encourage new groups to put forward bids.
Funding Clinics to help you to apply for a grant from us will be available on the same night that Burslem & Middleport Local Forum meets,
come along from 6.30pm and we will be happy to advise you on filling out the form.
For more details please contact:
Rev Darren McIndoe (Rector, St Pauls, Burslem  with St Johns, Stoke on Trent)
Church Office: The Rectory, 16 Heyburn Crescent, Stoke on Trent, ST6 4DL
Office Tel No: 01782 817673

1. The detailed bit – What is Community First?

In general, Community First aims to encourage people in the eligible wards to:
•       Support the social action projects they need, improving the quality of life for themselves and others in their neighbourhood .
•       Participate in relevant local decision making, promoting a sense of ownership not only of problems but of local opportunities and resources.
•       Start more neighbourhood groups and revitalise existing groups.
•       Work with businesses, charities and public authorities, encouraging people to help others and themselves to improve the quality of life locally.
•       Introduce a new approach to funding projects – leveraging time, money and other resources – helping neighbourhoods play a leading role in regenerating their area.
2. Can my group apply for Community First Funding?
To receive Community First funding any group or organisation must:
•       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. New groups are not required to have this in place, but should agree to develop one.
•       provide evidence of significant community participation in their application through the group’s matched element to the project
•       show that their project is in line with the priorities identified for the ward
Examples of what can be funded are:
•       the purchase of equipment, like a computer, oven, furniture
•       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 cannot fund the following:
•       statutory organisations, such as Local Authorities, schools and the Police Force
•       arms 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
•       commercial ventures
•       organisations working in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, or those that primarily benefit communities overseas in Europe or elsewhere. The grants must be used for activity within local communities in England.
•       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:http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk
Do I need Match Funding?
Yes – although this does not always have to be a cash contribution. The matched element should principally be in volunteer time but can also be donated cash, goods and services.
3. How does the funding process work?
 What is the process for identifying the projects that will be funded?
Burslem South Community First Panel recommends projects for funding by CDF. If CDF is satisfied with the Panel recommendations, it will release funding to recommended groups.
The process is based on recommendations from CDF:-
1.      Local groups or organisations within the ward can contact the panel with requests for funding. CDF will display on its website the panel email and the local Community First website details. Local groups or organisations will be able to look on the panel website to get an indication of priorities for funding within the ward and determine whether their project fits in with these priorities. We’ve found that in other regions where someone is not used to using the computer or does not have access, they usually know of someone that does, or someone, perhaps a friend or family member, that can assist them in logging on details.  I’ll leave the choice with you.
 2.      The panel can also approach specific organisations or groups of organisations to see if they are interested in delivering a project which would address one or more of the panel priorities.
Selecting proposals for funding
When selecting proposals for funding, CDF advises Community First Panels to consider the following questions:
i.      Does the project address one or more of the local priorities the panel has set? (These are listed on the application form and may change in future, in response to local needs)
ii.     Is the timetable for delivery achievable?
iii.    Will the project result in an improvement in the quality of life or opportunities for local people?
iv.     What are the possibilities for the participation of local people and volunteers in delivering the project?
v.      What benefits to the neighbourhood will result from the project?
vi.     Do the project costs represent good value for money?
  1. #1 by Fannella on March 13, 2013 - 10:09 am

    Hello, have I got it wrong, but do you also meet at Burslem Fire Station.
    Pauline W

    • #2 by clarewhite on March 25, 2013 - 8:05 pm

      Not sure that’s us Pauline – mostly the panel meetings are at the School of Art.

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