Ellesmere Park Residents Association

 

 

Eccles Community First

About the ‘Community First’ programme

 Community First is an £80m government-funded initiative that will run for four years, until March 2015. The programme will help communities come together to identify their strengths and local priorities in order to plan for their future and become more resilient. It will fund both new and existing community groups. The programme will:

  •  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 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 their community
  •  Neighbourhood groups that are better able to take control of resources needed to make a difference – enhancing confidence, capability and partnership.

Apply for funds

The scheme as far as Eccles is concerned is now closed and we are not accepting any further applications. This is because we have successfully allocated £33,906 out of our total budget of £33,910. Panels in other Wards may have funds available for the final year of the scheme which runs 01/04/14 to 31/03/15, please check with them re eligibility.

It is a matched fund programme, which means that every £1 provided in funding must be matched by a similar amount of in-kind donations (this means donations of cash, services, free products or volunteer time calculated at £11.09 per hour, per volunteer).

There is a total of £33,910 available for Eccles across the four years of the scheme. Funding is only available to groups, not individuals. We are able to accept applications for funding from £500 – £2,500.

Please note that we can only fund projects within the Eccles ward in Salford.  If you are unsure if your community group is within the Eccles ward, then please use the postcode search at http://www.cdf.org.uk/content/funding-programmes/community-first/neighbourhood-matched-fund (If you are not within our ward, then the search may advise that you are in one of the other five wards in Salford which has available Community First funds).

Applications can be made by downloading the application form here.  Please also read through the guidance notes carefully.  They can be found here.

Contact us

You can contact us by email:  EcclesWard.Salford@hotmail.co.uk

Please always ensure that you put Community First in the subject box of any emails.

Dates of panel meetings

The first panel meeting took place on 3rd July 2012 , at Eccles Town Hall when it was decided to recommend funding applications from Ellesmere Park Residents' Association (EPRA), Monton Village Community Association (MVCA) and Cromwell House Users Group (CHUG).

CHUG is a charitable organisation for people with severe mental health illness.

The second panel meeting took place on 6th.September 2012, when it was decided to recommend a funding application from Rotary Club of Eccles and a discussion was held as to how best to attract more applications from local community groups.

The third panel meeting took place on 29th.November 2012, at which it was decided to recommend six new funding applications which are listed below and a discussion was held regarding the Community First Regional Panel Support Event to be held 4th.December to which Eccles Panel will be sending a representative. We are pleased to report that Eccles Panel has allocated to local community groups every penny of its £8,489 budget in Year Two of the scheme.

The fourth panel meeting took place on 7th.March 2013, at which it was decided to recommend two funding applications, ECHO and Mustard Tree Eccles. Those two, along with the grant to Eccles Tea Dance Group agreed at the previous meeting, leaves £4,350 yet to be allocated out of the Year Three budget.

The fifth panel meeting took place on 4th.July 2013, at which it was decided to recommend three funding applications: Rotary Club of Eccles, Eccles Community Choir and Kids United Ltd. One other application was declined as it did not meet the criteria for the scheme. All the budget of £8,488 under Year Three for Eccles has now been given out and we are accepting applications ready for Year Four which starts 01/04/14 when there will be a further £11,304 available. That will be the final year of the scheme.

The sixth panel meeting took place on 2nd.April 2014, at which it was decided to recommend seven funding applications: Eccles Swimming Club, Eccles Borough Band, Monton Village Community Association, Eccles Community Hall Organisation, Dementia Havens, Rotary Club of Eccles, Salford Link project. All the budget of £11,309 under Year Four for Eccles has now been given out and we are not accepting any further applications. This is the final year of the scheme.  

Funded projects

It was agreed to recommend the following projects for funding out of the first year's allocation to Eccles of £5,624 from Community Development Foundation:   

  • Monton Village Community Association £1,580 to renew pathways on Monton Green and provide hard standing for seating.
  • Ellesmere Park Residents' Association £2,300 to install boardwalks on the Three Sisters Nature Reserve to improve access from Rutland Road
  • Cromwell House Users Group £1,739.66 to establish a football team enabling people of mixed abilities to engage in community sport.

It was agreed to recommend the following projects for funding out of the second year's allocation to Eccles of £8,489 from Community Development Foundation:  

  • Rotary Club of Eccles £820 to provide on Christmas day, lunch and entertainment to elderly people and others from the Eccles area who would otherwise be on their own.
  • Oakwood Youth Club £1,260 to provide activities for twenty young adults who have disabilities. Activities will consist of drama workshops, sports sessions, and outdoor pursuit sessions.
  • St.Andrew's Church Cafe £2,400 for a kitchen upgrade. These facilities serve the local community and offer a toddlers' group, children's film club and English  as a second language classes.
  • Eccles Borough Band £2,500 to purchase a new soprano cornet and fund entry to the Butlins Mineworkers' Championship, a prestigious national competition which will raise the profile of the band and attract new members.
  • Monton Village Community Association £1,000 for additional environmental work in Monton Village to install tree bases.
  • Ellesmere Park Estate Community Group £509 to fund setting up a new community group with the aim of establishing a mother/toddler club and pensioners' supper club.  

It was agreed to recommend the following projects for funding out of the third year's allocation to Eccles of £8,488 from Community Development Foundation:  

  • Eccles Tea Dance Group £750 to provide Wednesday afternoon dances for over sixties and care home residents.  
  • Eccles Community Hall Organisation £2,500 to provide work/equipment on the cafe area.  
  • The Mustard Tree Eccles Branch £1,100 to provide training/workshop opportunities for the poor and marginalised in the local neighbourhood.
  • Rotary Club of Eccles £1,455 to fund a mid-summer outing plus Christmas Day lunch and entertainment for elderly people and others from the Eccles area who would would otherwise be on their own.  
  • Eccles Community Choir £1,342 to improve membership by making available funds to use a larger venue, expand community involvement and hold public concerts.  
  • Kids United Ltd £1,341 to pay for craft resources, games and equipment at Clarendon Road School's after school club.

It was agreed to recommend the following projects for funding out of the fourth year's allocation to Eccles of £11,309 from Community Development Foundation:  

  • Eccles Swimming Club £500 for lifeguarding and promotion of the club..  
  • Eccles Community Hall Organisation £2,500 toward the cost of carpeting the stairs.  
  • Eccles Borough Band £2,500 to refurbish some instruments..
  • Rotary Club of Eccles £950 to fund a Christmas Day lunch and entertainment for elderly people and others from the Eccles area who would would otherwise be on their own.  
  • Dementia Havens £1,450 to provide funds to help make Eccles a dementia friendly town.  
  • Monton Village Community Association £2,500 toward the cost of refurbishing Shackleton Children's Playground in Monton.
  • Salford Link Project £909 to provide healthy eating & vegetarian cooking classes.

Our ‘Terms of reference’

Ward Name: Eccles Ward  
Local Authority Area: Salford  
Name of the Community First panel:  Eccles Panel  

Membership

  • The community panel will consist of a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 8 people.
  •  All members of the panel will be 18 years and over.
  •  All members of the panel will not have convictions for fraud or have been declared bankrupt.
  •  Panel membership should include representatives of the public and voluntary sector, as well as councillors or local businesses.
  • Anyone wishing to become a new panel member has to voted on by a majority of existing members of the panel.
  •  Members of the panel should be chosen from:
    •  Residents of the ward
    •  Members of community groups based in the ward
    •  Representative of local public sector organisations
    •  Representatives of local voluntary sector organisations
    •  Councillors
    • Local businesses

 Purpose

The purpose of the community panel will be to:

  •  Decide the priorities for funding in their ward
  •  Be responsible for reporting back decisions to the Community Development Foundation (CDF) and the local community
  •  Safeguard public funds by being transparent, namely publishing decision via the web, and regularly updating
  •  Ensure that a range of voices and views from local people are taken into account when making decisions
  •  Set priorities for grant making within the broad eligibility criteria of Community First
  •  Develop a Community First Plan that widely reflects local people’s voices, by January 2013
  •  Monitor, and regularly review and refresh the Community First Plan
  •  Commit themselves to working with Local Authorities and other partners to improve the local area
  •  Promote local fund raising for the Endowment Match Challenge (EMC) to local people, businesses, councillors and organisations.    

Aims and outcomes

Approved grants will be for the benefit of the ward and will meet the aims and outcomes of Community First, which are below.  

The aims:

  •  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 too
  •  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.  

The outcomes:

  •  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.

 Conduct and Values

  •  All members have a duty to report to CDF any potential misuse of  public funds
  •  All members must act in the interest of their local community
  •  All members must be transparent about how decisions to award grants are made and be willing to make this public
  • The panel should work in a non discriminatory way, making decisions that represent and affect all sections of the community.

 Main contact

The community panel will have a main contact person and a deputy contact.  The panel will inform CDF if the main contact changes.    

Meetings

Meetings to decide upon funding should take place regularly, a minimum of once every three months.  Decisions made at these meetings will be made public and should be made available by the panel via a ward website/blog.     

Decisions

Decisions made by the community panel will be final.  There is no right of appeal. To agree on a project for funding at least half of the Community First Panel must be in agreement. If there is a split vote, then the Primary Contact member of the panel will have the deciding vote.

Complaints and compliments

The panel must forward to CDF any complaints received and detail any actions taken to address the complaint.

The panel

Community First is a match funding programme open to local residents, community groups and volunteers. A panel has been set up in the Eccles ward and it is their role to work with the community and produce a community first plan and recommend projects/activities to be funded in the Eccles ward.

If you wish to register interest in becoming a panel member and meet the criteria shown above under 'Our Terms of Reference-Membership', then please email us on ecclesward.salford@hotmail.co.uk remembering to include Community First in the subject box of your email.  

The Panel is made up of local residents, volunteers, elected members and public service officers:

Panel Partner 

Ellesmere Park Residents' Association

Robert Berry (Primary contact)    

Secretary of Ellesmere Park Residents' Association

Cllr Peter Wheeler

Ward Councillor

Jim Vann

Eccles Community Hall Organisation

Dr. Mueed

Salford Link Project

 

The panel’s priorities are:

  • Improve the environment of local public areas or green spaces
  • Increase the range of activities available for young people
  • Bring different communities within the ward closer together
  • Improve the health and well-being of inhabitants of the ward.

Community First Plan Eccles Document