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This capital grant fund aims to develop and improve facilities for communities in order to tackle poverty and its effects.
Reducing poverty, particularly persistent poverty, in some of our poorest areas and communities is at the centre of the Welsh Government’s policy agenda.
We want to see all our citizens having access to affordable financial products and the confidence and capability to use them safely and responsibly.
Flying Start is the Welsh Government targeted Early Years programme for families with children under 4 years of age in some of the most deprived areas of Wales.
Families First aims to improve family support, particularly to disadvantaged families, by working on the structure, design and delivery of preventative and early interventions.
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Communities First is our community focussed tackling poverty programme.

The programme provides funding for Lead Delivery Bodies within local authority areas known as Communities First Clusters to narrow the economic, education/skills and health gaps between our most deprived and more affluent areas.

It has three strategic objectives helping to achieve these outcomes:

  • Prosperous Communities 
  • Learning Communities
  • Healthier Communities

The programme has 52 Communities First Clusters which between them work with all of the communities which are eligible for inclusion in the programme.

We have provided funding of £75 million up to March 2015 to support the programme.