Active Citizens Fund 



About the Active Citizens Fund

The Birmingham 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) have been provided with an annual budget to help fund community projects that reflect the priorities of WMP and its partners.

If you would like to discuss a project or get involved in your community please contact either:

or contact your local Neighbourhood Team by visiting  'Find your local Police' which will provide you with details of your local team and how to get in touch.

Please note that the closing date for all Birmingham ACF bids is 30th October 2018, with a date for funding to be in accounts by  April 2019.

Funding Guidelines

  • 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 no 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.

Following your application, a local community panel and the NPU Commander will make a decision on whether it meets the criteria set by the individual Neighbourhood Team priorities.

If successful, the applicant will be notified of the reporting and evaluation process they will need to abide by in order to receive the funding.

Once an application has been approved, the applicant will be asked to sign and return a Grant Conditions Form and provide a copy of a bank statement. 

An evaluation and impact assessment will be carried out quarterly if multiple stage payments apply.  If a single payment is the appropriate option, then monitoring and evaluation will be carried out at the end of the project.