Active Citizens Fund




What is the Active Citizens' Fund?

The funding is being made available by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner 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.

In Walsall the fund is being managed by a partnership between Walsall Local Policing Unit, One Walsall, Walsall Council and Walsall College. The Walsall Active Citizens' Partnership has developed a process for Walsall which seeks to ensure both organisations and individuals are able to access the funding and deliver outcomes which support Walsall's local priorities for community safety.

What will Walsall Active Citizens' fund?

The aim of the programme is to encourage and test locally developed solutions for creating safer communities. Walsall Active Citizens' is about encouraging, empowering and supporting organisations, local residents and groups of residents to deliver their own solutions to making their community safer. We want applications for small, local projects that identify challenges to community safety and bring their own innovative solutions to tackling them; building or sustaining safer communities.

Main Aims - We will fund projects that:

  • improve community cohesion
  • build better links amongst local people
  • promote unity
  • reduce the chance of hate crime
  • reduce the risk of domestic violence

Funding is available for projects across the borough of Walsall and there is no upper or lower limit to funding, but we don't expect to award contributions of more than £5,000 to any one project and you should consider this when developing your proposal.

You MUST contact us for advice about your project idea before starting your bid. Contact Amy Saunders on 01922 619840  amys@onewalsall.org

Who can apply for this funding in Walsall?

If you are a constituted community organisation, social enterprise, not-for-profit organisation or an individual we would like to hear from you about your idea.

We are most likely to fund applications for projects that:

  • are embedded in the local area, with the applicant being either a resident or an organisation based in the area or currently delivering services in the area
  • are new to the area. We won't fund activities that are already being delivered in that area
  • involve the wider community and engage new volunteers in the development and implementation of the project
  • demonstrate the engagement of new volunteers and community participation

We are unlikely to fund applications for projects that are:

  • from large organisations
  • continuing existing work with no development
  • not embedded in the local community
  • only for the benefit of an exclusive group of people e.g. a school
  • for large capital items and refurbishment of building or land, unless there is a direct link to making the community safer
  • promoting political or religious beliefs
  • mostly run by staff, not volunteers
  • do not meet at least one of the main aims of the Fund

In your application, you should demonstrate:

  • how you will identify and engage local people as volunteers
  • how you will engage local people as participants
  • how your project addresses particular community safety activities that you have identified
  • what your outcomes for the project will be

What is the process for applying?

You MUST contact us for advice about your project idea before starting your bid. Contact Amy Saunders on 01922 619840  amys@onewalsall.org

Applications can be submitted at any time up to Friday 9th March 2018. Panel meetings to consider applications will be held quarterly throughout the year starting in June 2017 and awards to successful applicants will be made shortly afterwards. Once the funds provided for the current Active Citizens' Programme have been fully allocated no further bids will be considered. You are therefore advised to get your bids in as soon as possible.

What happens if my project is funded?

If your project is awarded funding you will work with the Active Citizens' Partnership to get going. You will be expected to report back on the progress of your project and the impact it is having on your local community.  Support will include access to free capacity building and training support from One Walsall. You'll also get the opportunity to work with Walsall College and undertake an accredited level 3 qualification in community safety, including modules on safe working, interpersonal communication and policy.

What if my proposal isn't successful?

If your proposal isn't successful, we'll make sure we signpost you to the right support to develop it further and help you identify other funding streams you might be able to access.

Who can I speak to if I want more information?

Contact Amy Saunders on 01922 619840  amys@onewalsall.org for informal chat about the process or whether your project is right for the Walsall Active Citizen's Fund.