Active Citizens Fund




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 either the NPU Commander or a participatory budgeting event. This depends on which area your project would support. Please contact for more information.

Funding Process

Applications for funding from a group or organisation should be submitted to your local Neighbourhood team via email:

  • 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.
  • 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 individual requests for funding or sponsorship.  For example we cannot support a request to take groups on trips or to support fundraising for an organisation.
  • You may include revenue items where this is essential to the running of a time limited project (e.g. for hiring additional, temporary project sessional staff - but these must not be employed either temporarily or permanently by West Midlands Police). 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, the NPU Commander will make a decision on whether or not to approve the funding for your project. 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. 

Pre-application support

Prior to completing an application form, potential bidders MUST discuss their project details with their local policing neighbourhood team.

An application form is attached together with explanatory notes which may assist you when completing the form.

All successful applicants will be contacted by the Police and Crime Commissioner's Office in due course.