Community First was a unique England-wide initiative which launched in 2011 alongside the coalition government, and it closed at the end of March 2015.
It provided a unique opportunity to make donations go further by offering a 50% match from the government. Community First allowed community foundations to offer donors a 50% uplift on their endowment donations through government match funding, providing a catalyst for the work community foundations undertake to strengthen communities across the UK.
Including endowment investment returns accrued over the programme, the total collective endowment pot now sits at more than £130m. Community First awarded 2,373 grants worth £5.8m to local causes across England.