Commissioner's Crime Prevention Fund

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has set up the Commissioner's Crime Prevention Fund to help create safer communities. It is run as a partnership between the OPCC, Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) and Quartet Community Foundation (QCF).

Groups can apply for a grant of between £1,000 to £5,000 to run a project:

There are 3 opportunities to apply each year. The deadlines are Friday 27 May 2022, Friday 30 September, and Friday 24 February 2023.

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:

What can I use this money for?

You can use these grants for project costs that clearly relate to the aims of this fund.

This can include:

These are just examples and there may be other things you need for your project that you can request from this fund.

What can’t I use this money for?

We can’t give money to:

There are also two types of project where you will usually be better making an application to another funder:

If either of these 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 is available?

We have £200,000 to give out this 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:

Which groups are more likely to get some money?

We want to support a wide range of projects that help to prevent crime, as outlined in the Police and Crime Plan 2021 - 2025.

We’re interested in projects that help to prevent crime and antisocial behaviour:

Here are some examples of things we are interested in funding. These are just examples, and you might have other ideas that we would be interested in hearing about:

Whatever you apply for, you must clearly explain why it is necessary and in what ways it aims to reduce crime.

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 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 him 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 him here to ask a question or to arrange a time to talk.

Ready to apply?

The fund will reopen again later in the year.

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