Community First Prime Opportunities Fund

The Community First Prime Opportunities Fund has been set up by the generosity of a local donor. Working with Two Ridings Community Foundation, the donation was increased by 50% courtesy of HM Government’s Office for Civil Society under the Community First endowment match challenge initiative and also received gift aid to maximise the opportunity for tax-efficient giving.

As an endowment fund, this generous donation will now be used to support the area and causes close to the donor’s heart long into the future.

The fund will support voluntary organisations, community groups, small charities and other types of not for profit organisation based in and/or serving the communities in the area served by City of York council and Selby District council.

Projects must aim to address issues which create barriers to young people from Year 6 to age 19 from disadvantaged backgrounds from reaching their full potential. Priority will be given to projects aimed at supporting the most deprived communities.


Size of grants

Grants are available of up to £500 for up to 80% of the total project costs. Where applicable, priority will be given to those projects which can demonstrate that individual beneficiaries have raised some of the funding required through their own efforts and where the grant covers a significant proportion of the project costs ie we will not prioritise an application which represents a ‘drop in the ocean’ of a much larger project.


Who can apply?

Please read our ‘How to Apply’ page for information on general eligibility

Applications will also be accepted from individuals. Please use the following link if you are an individual applying:

Individual application


How to apply?

Before applying, please read the Community First Prime Opportunities Guidance Notes for  this grant scheme carefully.

Applications are only considered complete when all supporting documentation has been received either attached to the online application or posted to the office as paper copies.


When to apply?

Awards are made on an ongoing basis subject to funding being available, there is no deadline. We aim to make decisions within 6 weeks of receiving an application.

Organisation Link

Areas covered