About the Active Citizens Fund
The Active Citizens Fund combines three streams of funding so
that West Midlands Police will be better placed to engage with the
public and encourage 'active citizenship'. This means that
communities in the West Midlands will be actively involved in
projects that will make a positive difference to themselves.
Neighbourhood Policing Units (NPUs) will be provided with an
annual budget to help fund community projects that reflect the
priorities of WMP and its partners.
The decision as to whether an application for a large grant is
successful will be made by a Panel and signed off by the NPU
Commander. Decisions on small grant applications will be made
and signed off by the NPU Commander.
Coventry Local Policing Unit (LPU) welcomes applications from
community groups and organisations delivering active citizen
projects in Coventry. Organisations do not have to be
Coventry based but the project or initiative must be delivered
locally in Coventry. Stronger applications will show a link
to the West Midlands Police and Crime Plan and local policing
objectives around the reduction of crime, anti-social behaviour and
vulnerability and demonstrate how communities or individuals as
'active citizens' will be involved in helping to bring about change
/ project delivery.
Each LPU has been given autonomy over local Fund
management. In Coventry there are two types of grant
Small grants which will offer funding awards of up to £1,000
that will typically help fund a one-off event or small community
project. There will be a process to award small grants each month.
The submission deadline is the last day of the month with
successful applicants being notified within 10 working days.
Large grants of up to £5,000 will be available for larger
community projects. There will be an expectation that these
projects will be sustainable and be active beyond the period for
which funding is provided. Grant application forms to be submitted
by 31 December 2017 and successful applicants will be notified
Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified and feedback
Prior to completing the application form all potential
applicants must make contact and discuss their project / initiative
with the Coventry Partnerships Team who can provide further
guidance. Failure to do so may result in your application being
rejected. E-mail address for Coventry Partnerships is firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications for funding from a group or organisation should be
submitted to your local NPU Commander.
- Groups and organisations must be properly constituted and have
a separate bank account with at least two signatories where we can
pay the funds. If there is no dedicated group/organisation
bank account, an umbrella organisation may take responsibility for
the financial transactions.See guidance notes for further
- A group does not need to be based in the community where the
project is run, but the project must be of direct benefit to the
residents of that area.
- We do not fund individuals.
- We do not fund staff costs You may include revenue items
where this is essential to the running of a time limited project
(e.g. for hiring additional, temporary project staff - but these
must not be employed either temporarily or permanently by West