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What to expect from CDF in 2015

Community First – a time to reflect As many of our supporters will know, the Community First programme will come to an end in March 2015. Since the programme began in 2011, we have awarded over 15,000 grants worth £23.8m to community projects across England. These...

Headlines from party conferences

Over the past three weeks, CDF has had a presence at the party conferences of the three main parties: Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. Whilst it would be impossible to summarise everything that was talked about, here are the three key things that I wanted...

Why it’s vital to keep funding small community groups

The coalition government has slashed funding for small community groups, which all too often are seen as the “nice to have” part of our society. They are praised and thanked, but their true social and economic contribution is overlooked. Yet they are the glue holding...

Our Place: why CDF is proud to be involved

Why am I supporting Our Place? Most people know what will help them live their lives better in their communities. My route to working with communities, and then onto my role at CDF, was via taking my daughter to a toddler group in my local community. Then, as she...

What do we mean by service delivery?

The narrowness of the debate around service delivery has excluded the argument and evidence for addressing the issue of cuts and delivering multiple services in a cost effective way, by reviewing what we mean by ‘service delivery’. Between 2008 – 2011 CDF managed the...