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.
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
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
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
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
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
Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified and feedback
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
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
- 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
- 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 unit
An application form is attached together with explanatory notes
which may assist you when completing the form.