PCC urges community groups to bid into £700k fund
The Police and Crime Commissioner is calling on community groups
in the West Midlands to apply for a share of over £700,000 aimed at
reducing crime in their neighbourhoods.
The Active Citizens Fund, now in its fourth year, is formed of
money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA)
and is used to allow communities to take initiative to improve
their areas by making them safer. This money, which changes each
year, cannot be spent on police officers.
This year, the fund has £710,734 in 2019/20 which will be
allocated to groups from Birmingham, Coventry, Sandwell, Dudley,
Walsall, Wolverhampton and Solihull.
The aim is to help people in the region reduce crime, local
policing teams recommend projects for approval. For 2019/20 all
bids will need to show how they will reduce youth and knife
Some of the projects which the fund has supported includes the
Benson Community in Smethwick who provide sporting activities
for young people, a Community Bus in
Birmingham supporting vulnerable people and a pop-up
café in Coventry which has built a greater sense of community
The fund has also been used to setup a number of Streetwatch
groups across the West Midlands who are the eyes and ears of the
police, dealing with a range of issues from parking and littering
to drug dealing in local parks.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson
said: "The Active Citizens Fund is a vital source of funding for
local people who want to make their area safer.
"Each year we fund a large number of projects with bids ranging
from small to large and for a full range of activities and
"This year projects will have to detail in the application how
their project will grow active citizenship and reduce youth or
"I would urge any group who is committed to improving their
community and could do with this investment, which has been taken
from criminals, don't hesitate to submit an application."
The Active Citizens Fund is administered by Neighbourhood
Policing Units, who should be contacted in first instance ahead of
submitting an application.
Officers will advise applicants on the process and provide
application form and advise whether it is likely to be a successful
Assistant Chief Constable, Sarah Boycott said: "The Active
Citizens Fund is a really positive initiative that helps some of
the most vulnerable people in our communities.
"We need to make sure that as many people as possible know that
this funding is available so individuals and groups who work
tirelessly to improve the lives of others can benefit from it and
continue to make some really positive changes in people's
"The West Midlands has great community spirit and the Active
Citizens Fund is about supporting that and encouraging more people
to get involved with making a real difference."