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THE GOVERNMENT ALLOCATES A COMMUNITY AWARD TO ST OSYTH
Money to be spent on community projects

St Osyth has been awarded Community First funding of £33,910 spread over three years, although paid over four financial years.
To take advantage of this major bonus to aid our efforts, a Local Community Panel needs to be set up and registered to allocate the first tranche of money for the current financial year 2011/12 within the next few weeks.
A meeting on Wednesday 22nd February was for Gill Burden from T.D.C. to inform the Parish representatives of what was available, how a local panel should be set up and how the matched funding aspect of the award is calculated.
The Community Development Foundation’s Community First funding stream has the aim to ‘encourage people to do more to help each other out and give them the tools they need to make a difference.’ ‘Funding will be handed out by panels of local people so communities can decide what’s important to them.’


In the foreground is Ms Gill Burden, Community Projects Manager, Tendring District Council, based in Westleigh House, Clacton. Behind are Sonia Grantham Parish Council Chairman; Robert Clarke vice-Chairman and Cllr. Michael Talbot District Council member.

Our Chairman Sonia Grantham is trying to set up a panel with broad Village Interests. Apart from representatives from the District and Parish Council’s she has recruited the Rev Sharon Miles, Vicar of St Osyth, Mrs Allison Bond, former Parish Clerk, farmers wife and owner of an Art Studio along with Mr Basil Hutley, local businessman and participant in many village bodies.
Developing a Community Budget means a culture change in the way local and national partners work together – there is no rulebook or blueprint from Whitehall telling partners what they can and cannot do, what must be included or excluded from the Community Budget and who must or must not be involved in developing it. Our Community First panel must be registered before 31st March 2012 to make sure we get access to this year’s funding.

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The offer of this grant was a surprise to the Parish Council who were not aware that this funding stream existed and in seeking the objectives of the Fund I looked on the Internet for information. I found this press release issued to coincide with the launch of Community First Funding on the 10th October 2011:
Community First Fund Launches for Social Action.
The £80 million Community First fund, which will provide small grants to community groups and local social action projects, was recently launched by Civil Society Minister Nick Hurd. The four year fund is designed to help communities come together through new and existing community groups, to identify their strengths and local priorities, plan for their future and become more resilient.
The funding is being administered via two strands; the £50 million Endowment Match Challenge and the £30 million Neighbourhood Matched Fund. The Neighbourhood Matched Fund will provide small grants for some of the most deprived areas in the country while the Endowment Match Challenge will be available nationally and will match private donations invested in community endowment funds to pay out money for small grants.
The Minister said: “People are frustrated about not being able to make a difference in the communities in which they live. This is especially true in areas of high deprivation that have been failed, again and again, by ineffective programmes that are imposed without an understanding of the unique problems in each area. "Community Organisers and Community First will allow local people to work together, take control of their lives and create the change they want to see. We’re giving power back to people and supporting them to make their communities better places to live. This is part of a much wider drive to help revive social action and build a bigger, stronger society.”

M.J.T.
25/2/12


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