Active Citizens Fund 

Coventry Neighbourhood Policing Unit



About the Active Citizens Fund

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

The decision as to whether an application for a large grant is successful will be made by a Panel and signed off by the NPU Commander.  Decisions on small grant applications will be made and signed off by the NPU Commander.

Funding Process

Coventry Local Policing Unit (LPU) welcomes applications from community groups and organisations delivering active citizen projects in Coventry.  Organisations do not have to be Coventry based but the project or initiative must be delivered locally in Coventry.  Stronger applications will show a link to the West Midlands Police and Crime Plan and local policing objectives around the reduction of crime, anti-social behaviour and vulnerability and demonstrate how communities or individuals as 'active citizens' will be involved in helping to bring about change / project delivery. 

Each LPU has been given autonomy over local Fund management.  In Coventry there are two types of grant available:

Small grants which will offer funding awards of up to £1,000 that will typically help fund a one-off event or small community project. There will be a process to award small grants each month. The submission deadline is the last day of the month with successful applicants being notified within 10 working days.

Large grants of up to £5,000 will be available for larger community projects. There will be an expectation that these projects will be sustainable and be active beyond the period for which funding is provided. Grant application forms to be submitted by 31 December 2017 and successful applicants will be notified mid-January 2018.

Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified and feedback provided.

Prior to completing the application form all potential applicants must make contact and discuss their project / initiative with the Coventry Partnerships Team who can provide further guidance. Failure to do so may result in your application being rejected.  E-mail address for Coventry Partnerships is

Applications for funding from a group or organisation should be submitted to your local NPU Commander.

  • Groups and organisations must be properly constituted and have a separate bank account with at least two signatories where we can pay the funds.  If there is no dedicated group/organisation bank account, an umbrella organisation may take responsibility for the financial transactions.See guidance notes for further explanation.
  • 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 of that area.
  • We do not fund individuals.
  • We do not fund staff costs  You may include revenue items where this is essential to the running of a time limited project (e.g. for hiring additional, temporary project staff - but these must not be employed either temporarily or permanently by West Midlands Police).