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 in consultation with our Independent
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
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.
Prior to completing an application form, potential bidders MUST
discuss their project details with their local policing
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.