Commissioner’s Crime Prevention Fund

This fund is currently closed.


This fund is about helping communities become safer.

We’re offering grants of between £1,000 to £5,000 to run a project:

What can I use this money for?

We’re interested in giving money for a wide range of activities, including:

This isn’t everything we will support, but whatever you apply for you must be able to tell us how it helps to prevent crime in some way. This is important, because this money must contribute to the Police and Crime Plan 2021 – 2025.


If you can do that, then we’re happy to consider paying for:

What can’t I use this money for?

We can’t help you if:

There are some projects where you will usually be better making an application to another fund:

If either of these last two funds are closed when you want to make an application, then please contact us using the details below and we will discuss the best option.

Who’s involved?

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has set up this fund in partnership with Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) and Quartet Community Foundation (QCF).

How much money can I ask for?

You can ask for between £1,000 and £5,000.

We have nearly £200,000 to give out a year and expect to make about 50 grants in total.

This money will be distributed around the area covered by Avon & Somerset Police based on the number of people who live in each place. That means that approximately:

When can I apply?

This fund is currently closed to applications.

Who can apply for this money?

You can only apply if you work or volunteer for a group that:

We welcome applications from groups that exist to support people in their local community. We can award money to groups that are not registered charities, but the purpose of the funding must be charitable. This means we can give a grant to:

Please note that we can consider applications from national or regional organisations, but only where there is no local organisation undertaking the work in question. In such cases we will only consider projects that are clearly targeted in our area, and not contributions to national campaigns.

How likely is it that my group will get some money?

The fund has a set budget, and we will not be able to support everyone who applies. The application process is competitive, and we will only be able to support the strongest applications.

As a guide, our aim is to support 2 out of every 3 applications we receive, but if a lot of people apply it may be lower.

How do I make an application?

You can apply for this money using our online application form via one of the links below.

If you would like to see what you have to do before you start filling in the online application form, then this word document includes all the questions.

By clicking the button below you’ll be taken to a registration page. Read the instructions and then enter your email address. We’ll email you a link to an online form. If you don’t see an email from us after a few minutes, then please check your spam folder.

You don’t have to complete the form in one go. Instead, you can complete some sections then click ‘save draft’ at the bottom of the page. Use the link in your email to return to the form at another time.

You also need to attach the following documents alongside your application:

Apart from the bank statement, please do not provide the above documents if you have sent them to us within the past six months unless they have been amended during that time.

Finally, you must read the terms and conditions and click ‘submit’.

Please contact us if you can’t use the online form, or you are unable to attach any of the documents. We’ll support you to make your application in another way.

You must submit your application by the deadline, including all supporting documents. If you cannot attach your supporting documents, then these can by submitted separately using the contact details on the application form. However, they must reach us by the deadline.

What happens to your application?

Every application we receive by the deadline will be looked at by either SCF or QCF. If you meet the criteria and have supplied all the supporting documents, then we’ll read your application and make a recommendation to the grants panel.

The grants panel will include people from the OPCC, the police, and from the two Community Foundations.

We’re more likely to recommend a grant to the panel if you:

Need help?

If you are based in Somerset and need some help then you should contact Andy Ridgewell, who works for Somerset Community Foundation. It’s usually best to email Andy here to ask a question or to arrange a time to talk.

If you are based in Bristol, BANES, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire and need some help then you should contact Luke Boulton, who works for Quartet Community Foundation. It’s usually best to email Luke here to ask a question or to arrange a time to talk.




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