Active Citizens Fund
ACTIVE CITIZENS FUND
The Active Citizens Fund is now in its fourth 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.
Please note that all bids for 2019/20 need to show how
they will make active citizens grow and reduce youth crime and/or
Successful bids will have to be signed off by both the
Chief Superintendent from each Neighbourhood Policing Unit and the
Chief Executive from the Office of the Police and Crime
- 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
1) It is essential that your first step will
be to make contact with your local neighbourhood partnership team
prior to completing an application form. 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.
2) Once you have spoken to your local team and
completed an application form, your bid should be submitted to your
3) If your bid is successful at the first
stage and subsequently passed on, the OPCC, will ask you to sign
and return a Grant Conditions form and provide a copy of your
group's / organisation's bank statement. Only once these documents
have been returned will the bid be considered by the Chief
Executive for authorisation.
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 Conditions' form.
Please note, keeping your personal information safe and
secure is a priority for us. The Office of the Police and
Crime Commissioner has updated our Privacy Notice in line with the
new data protection regulations (GDPR), and we have made it easier
for you to understand all the information we collect and why we
collect it. To find out more about how we use your personal
information please look at our PRIVACY
To discuss an application you will need to contact your local
police partnership team.
Please see relevant contact details below:
Wolverhampton : firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can contact your local Neighbourhood
Team by visiting:
/ 'Find Your Local Police'