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The Community Initiatives Fund was launched in May 2020.

The funding comes from money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The Police and Crime Commissioner recognises that the lifting of restrictions has eased the impact on everyday activities and social isolation for vulnerable people, but that individuals and communities are still in a recovery stage.  Grass roots organisations can continue to play a vital role in providing pandemic-recovery related support and provide activity which has a focus on mental health , re-establishing confidence in emerging from lockdown or diversionary activities that are on-line or socially distanced.

The Commissioner recognises the harms from the pandemic will be disproportionately felt in areas where there is greater levels of economic, social and health inequalities and deprivation.

The application form now requires your organisation to state if the people who will benefit are within an Impact area. Applicants are urged to follow the process map below and contact their relevant Partnership Team.

NPUImpact Areas
Birmingham East                             Bordesley Green, Erdington, Sparkhill / Sparkbrook  
Birmingham West  Birmingham city centre, Lozells, 3 estates (Northfield/Kings Norton)  
CoventryHillfields, Wood End and Bell Green  
DudleyBrierley Hill, Dudley Central  
SandwellPrinces End, Smethwick, Soho & Victoria, West Bromwich central  
SolihullChelmsley Town, Smithswood  
WalsallSt Matthews, Willenhall  
WolverhamptonBilston, Whitmore Reans  

Sikh Soup Kitchen

One of the organisations that have been funded by the Community Initiatives Fund is the Sikh Soup Kitchen. The organisation has received £4,000 from the fund.

The Sikh Soup Kitchen is a community project to provide food and support to the most vulnerable in society throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sikh Soup Kitchen feed up to 600 vulnerable, elderly and homeless people every week in this current COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Initiatives Fund Application Form

Process Map

Additional Guidance