Community Development
What is Community First?
Community First is an England-wide programme, funded by the Office for Civil Society, on behalf of the Government. It will run for four years, until March 2015. Two funds of money, worth £80m, have been created to help communities come together, become more resilient, and make their local area a better place to live. Neighbourhood Match Fund: A £30m fund to encourage people to give time and expertise to local projects. The funds will be distributed to 600 areas across England, which have been selected by CDF according to several criteria.
Community First Panels: Each of the 600 areas will have their own panel, comprising local people to represent their community. They will be involved in creating a plan for the local area, raising awareness of the funds, and planning how they will match and spend the money.
What does this mean for you?
Seacroft has been selected as one of the 600 areas to receive Community First funding. A Community First panel has been set up in your area, made up of local people. Get in touch to find out more or get involved

Can I apply for funding?

Funding is available for projects that meet priorities agreed in consultation with local people. Agreed priorities for Killingbeck and Seacroft are:

  • Increase resident’s influence and community cohesion
  • Reduce levels of crime, burglary & ASB
  • Employability
  • Persistent  absenteeism
  • NEET young people
  • Support vulnerable people and families with complex needs
  • Promote emotional wellbeing , physical health incl. lung health, COPD/stopping smoking

 Where can I find more information?

Find more information about Community First:

Local information can be obtained via Joanne Buck, based at the East Leeds Area Management Team who has kindly helped us set our panel up. Contact her for more information by emailing her at

Your local Community First Panel is run by:

Joanne Buck
Neighbourhood Manager (Seacroft & Gipton)
East Nort East  Area Support Team
Citizens and Communites
t. 0113 3367637

Panel members

Diane Marsden ;

Rod Manners

Phil Davies

Joanne Buck

Cllr Vonnie Morgan

Linda Goodhall

Yvonne Bagually


Panel membership

If you are interested in becoming a panel member, Please contact any of the above members to discuss


Terms & Conditions

How to request funding

Proposal Form

K&S Neighbourhood Improvement Plan 2013-14

Comm 1st meeting minutes May13

Community First Funding Nov 13