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:
- in a particular neighbourhood so that everyone benefits from reduced crime and antisocial behaviour, or
- for a specific group of people who are at higher risk of being the victims or perpetrators of crime and antisocial behaviour.
What can I use this money for?
We’re interested in giving money for a wide range of activities, including:
- Services for young people, so they can develop social and emotional skills. This can help them avoid contact with the criminal justice system, so we believe they’re important. We might support youth club or another group to provide this. We might also support them to give young people another chance if they’ve got into trouble.
- Events that bring people together who might not otherwise get to know each other. This can help build community cohesion, which in turn can combat things like antisocial behaviour and hate crime.
- Raising awareness, so certain groups become less likely to fall victim to a crime. We might support a project that teaches older people about how to spot online fraud. We might also support you to train your frontline staff and volunteers to spot the signs of someone being at risk of crime.
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:
- people’s time to deliver the project
- a contribution towards people’s time to manage your group
- buying small items of equipment
- a contribution towards your group’s core running costs, like training and development.
What can’t I use this money for?
We can’t help you if:
- you want to make an individual building more secure by installing things like CCTV, gates, fences etc., unless it prevents a known threat of criminal activity.
- you want to provide counselling services
- your work is being considered under other OPCC or Ministry of Justice funding programmes.
- you have applied to this fund before and been turned down, unless they are applying for a different activity or significant changes have been made
- you have received a grant from this fund in the last 12 months
- you’re an individual, or operate as a sole trader or company limited by shares
- you work or volunteer for a statutory organisation, like a parish council or school
- you want to provide a statutory duty, like educational activities for pupils that take place during the school day
- your activities have already taken place or if you have already purchased what you need
- you work or volunteer for a group that gives money to another group, rather than spend it on their own activities
- your work is about animal welfare.
There are some projects where you will usually be better making an application to another fund:
- Using sport to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour among young people under the age of 25. For this, please consider applying to the Crime Prevention Through Sport Fund. This is run by SASP in Somerset and Wesport in BANES, Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire.
- Neighbourhood Watch schemes. For this, please consider applying to the Police Community Trust General Fund. Costs for equipment, signage and so on are eligible under this fund.
- Road safety projects. For this, please consider applying to the Road Safety Fund. This is also run by the Police Community Trust.
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.
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:
- £80,000 will be awarded to groups in Bristol
- £60,000 to groups in Somerset
- £20,000 each to groups in BANES, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
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:
- is based in BANES, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, or South Gloucestershire
- is run by a committee or board of at least 3 unrelated people
- has a governing document or set of rules
- has an appropriate level of free reserves. If this is more than 12 months running costs, then you should have a policy explaining why
- has a safeguarding policy
- has a bank account in its name, which requires two unrelated signatories.
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:
- community groups
- registered charities
- community amateur sports clubs
- community interest companies (CIC) limited by guarantee that have a clear asset lock benefitting local communities
- companies limited by guarantee that are not-for-profit with all surpluses re-invested back into the organisation
- faith organisations, but not for the promotion of religion
- community benefit societies.
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:
- your governing document or set of rules
- your most recent accounts
- the names and addresses of the people who run your group, if it is not registered with the Charity Commission or Companies House
- your safeguarding policy
- a bank statement from within the last three months. This can be a scanned paper statement, or a copy downloaded from an online account. We need to see the bank name, your group’s name, the address where statements go, the account number and the sort code. You may redact transactions if needed.
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:
- clearly explain what you’ll do with the money, how this will help to prevent crime, and whether this represents good value for money
- work in an area with higher rates of crime and antisocial behaviour, or with a group who are clearly at higher risk of becoming the victims or perpetrators of crime
- have reported back well on any previous grants we have given you
- have not received any money from this fund in the last 12 months.
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.