Active Citizens Fund

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November 2017 update:  Due to the high volume of bids received to date, some areas have closed their application process and are not accepting any further applications at this stage, although the Active Citizen Funding initiative is ongoing. To save you time and effort please check with your local Neighbourhood Team before submitting an application form.

The Active Citizens Fund is now in its second year.  This initiative combines three previous streams of funding (Proceeds of Crime Act - POCA, Community Initiative Fund - CIF and Police Property Act - PPA) so that West Midlands Police will 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.

Funding Process

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 application form.

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.

Please note that all successful schemes/projects are monitored.  Applicants will be required to provide regular '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.

Pre-application support

For more general information about the Active Citizens Fund, please contact the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands:

-       By phone:  (0121) 626 6060

-       By email: