Active Citizens Fund
ACTIVE CITIZENS FUND
The Active Citizens Fund is now in its third year. This
initiative combines three previous streams of funding (Proceeds of
Crime Act - POCA, Community Initiative Fund - CIF and Police
Property Act - PPA).
The main aim of this funding is to contribute to crime reduction
and/or community safety across the West Midlands, whilst at the
same time enabling West Midlands Police to be better placed to
engage with the public and encourage 'active citizenship'.
This means that local groups and communities in the West
Midlands will actively establish and lead projects that will make a
positive difference to them whilst helping to reduce crime and
making the West Midlands a safer place to live and work.
Neighbourhood Policing Units (NPUs) have an annual budget to
help fund community projects that reflect the priorities of West
Midlands Police and its partners. The final decision on all
funding applications is made by the NPU Commander.
Active Citizens Funding Criteria:
- Funded projects must contribute to crime reduction or community
safety in the local area.
- Groups and organisations must be properly constituted and have
a separate bank account with at least two signatories in to which
we can pay the funds. If there is not dedicated
group/organisation bank account, an umbrella organisation may take
responsibility for the financial transactions.
- 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 / priorities of that area.
- We do not fund individual requests for funding or sponsorship,
for example sponsored walks.
- You may include revenue items where this is essential to the
running of a time limited project.
- We cannot support a bid to cover the cost of a salary.
- We do not require match funding but will look favourably on
projects which contribute additional funds.
- We cannot fund the purchase of assets that will provide long
term benefits to a private company or individual rather than to the
- Safeguarding: If the project involves children or
vulnerable adults, the organisation must have sufficient
safeguarding procedures in place. The safeguarding measures
should be proportionate to the risk involved. This
requirement should be discussed with the Partnership Team at the
NPU, who will be able to provide more advice.
- Funding will not be provided for an organisation or project to
make payments to itself for the hire of accommodation or
- Funding cannot be used to make payments to members of the
committee of the organisation/group unless this is essential to the
success of the project and pre-agreed by West Midlands Police
Please refer to your local area to check for any additional
Each NPU has adopted slightly different processes and it is
essential that your first step will be to make contact with your
local neighbourhood partnership team prior to completing an
Information about your area can be found on individual pages on
the right side of the page.
Your local team will advise you further about the local process
and local priorities. They will also guide you through the
application process, provide some advice on whether your
application is likely to be successful, and where appropriate, will
give you an application form.
Once you have spoken to your local team and completed an
application form, your bid should be submitted to your NPU.
If successful and approved, you will be notified accordingly and
contacted by the Police and Crime Commissioner's office. You
will be asked to sign and return a Grant Conditions form and
provide a copy of your group's / organisation's bank statement.
All successful schemes/projects are monitored. Applicants
will be required to provide 'Impact Assessment' reports and details
of financial expenditure, including copies of all invoices and
receipts throughout the life of the project/scheme and at its
conclusion. Provision of monitoring and assessment information is a
condition to which you will be agreeing if you sign the Grant
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