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Do you accept more than one bid from the same organisation?

We accept more than one application from the same organisation. However, you would need to show a link to preventing crime and a clear link to one or more of the Police and Crime Commissioner's priorities.

We have been already funded by the PCC for a project under OBNO priority; we would like to apply for funding for two projects, one related to OBNO priority and one to YPBA. Can we still apply?

Yes, you can apply for funding under the ‘Older but not overlooked’ priority, as well as for any other priority.

What is the process the applications are going through?
  1. Initial internal examination of the bids by the Commissioning Team
  2. Additional questions if clarification is needed (throughout the process)
  3. Priority Lead feedback or other internal and external expert opinion
  4. Commissioner’s Fund Panel recommendation
  5. The Commissioner – a final decision
  6. All applicants are notified if they were successful or not 
Will both successful and unsuccessful applicants be notified of their outcome?

Yes, all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email.

Are bids that meet more of the priorities more likely to be successful?

Not necessarily. The projects that offer the best value for money and make a strong impact are always preferable, but it is about quality rather than quantity.

Why does the number of years I can apply for differ annually?

The Police and Crime Commissioner is an elected post which runs for a duration of 4 years. Therefore projects funded in the PCC's first term of office can be funded for maximum of 4 years. For subsequent years the number of years the applicant can apply for reduces annually, as we are only able to allocate funding until 2021.

If my bid is unsuccessful, will you be able to offer feedback on my application?

Yes, we aim to inform every applicant about the reasoning behind an unsuccessful application. 

I have only just found out about the Commissioner's Fund, and the deadline has passed. Can I still apply?

Unfortunately due to the nature of the process, we are unable to accept applications after the deadline and would recommend applying when the process re-opens. In the meantime, please look at opportunities on the VCS Alliance website at It is also advantageous to seek match and in-kind funding as this will benefit your application to the Commissioner's Fund.

We are applying for funding but aim to start the project before April. Is it possible to release confirmed funds early?

Unfortunately all successful applications will receive their funding in quarterly instalments from April, as this is the start of the new financial year. It is not possible to release funds prior to this time.

Page last updated: 30 August 2018