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 is successful will be
made by the NPU Commander.
Dudley Funding Process
Dudley NPU covers varied, diverse and inclusive areas. The
borough covers a mixture of town centres, green spaces, historical
buildings and places, residential areas as well as nationally known
locations such as Dudley Zoo and the Black county museum. As a
result of this rich mix, Dudley communities are equally varied. Any
bid should take this into consideration.
- Local priorities: We would like bids to encourage cohesive and
diverse communities. We would like to make our communities safer
for all to enjoy, we would like to encourage community spirit and
pride within our communities that work together to reduce crime and
disorder. We would like our communities to support each other,
mobilising to tackle local issues.
- Criteria used to determine which bids are successful:
We will score bids against Community inclusion and benefit, How
a local need is addressed, If the project is useful and beneficial
to the local community, if the project group have the relevant
skills and knowledge to make this successful and sustainable.
Prior to completing an application form, potential bidders MUST
discuss their project details with their local policing unit
partnership team. An ideas' canvas will be provided by the DY
partnership team, this will need to be filled in and returned to
the team. ( Dy_partnerships_team@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk )
If suitable this canvas will be shared with a local decision
panel and then if agreed the group will be asked to formally submit
an application. * The DY partnerships team will provide support
throughout this process*.
All successful applicants will be contacted by the Police and
Crime Commissioner's Office in due course.
- 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
- 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.