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 the NPU Commander.

Funding Process

Wolverhampton Neighbourhood Policing Unit (NPU) welcomes applications from community groups and organisations delivering Active Citizen projects in Wolverhampton. Applicants do not have to be based in Wolverhampton, but the project or initiative must be delivered locally in the Wolverhampton Area.

Strong applications will have links to the West Midlands Police and Crime Plan

https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/docs/your-local-police/wolverhampton/wolverhampton-lpc-2016-2017.pdf ) and will widely fit in with Wolverhampton's key priorities and themes,  around reducing anti-social behaviour, knife crime or showing positive youth intervention as Active Citizens in helping to bring about change and activate communities.   

Each NPU has been given autonomy over local fund management, so in Wolverhampton there will be two types of grants available. Small grants funding, offering funding amounts up to £5000 and community event funding offering funding up to £2000.

Small grants - Applications to be submitted to the Wolverhampton NPU Partnerships Team which will then be assessed by a sub-group panel who will make recommendations for the Wolverhampton NPU Commander's consideration.

The sub-group consists of key partners and community representative's to ensure it provides scrutiny with regard to the wider involvement and public participation. The group will meet on a bi-monthly basis.

In order for your application to be assessed at one of our scheduled meetings, please see the following application deadline dates:

Applications need to be received by 1st October 2017, 1st December 2017 or 1st February 2018.

Community Event Funding - Applications to be submitted to the Wolverhampton NPU Partnerships Team, who will ensure that your application meets the criteria of the fund and then invite you along to the next community event (The dates are to be confirmed).

You will be required to present your project to the local community, who will be able to vote on which project they would like to see funded, with decisions being confirmed on the same day.

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 Wolverhampton Partnership Team via the following email:


Alternatively contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on the following emails:










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).
  • 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 unit partnership team.

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