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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 minimum and maximum amount organisations can bid for?

There are four funding categories that you can apply for. The information required in an application increases with the amount requested. Your business case should justify the amount of funding you are seeking. Please give consideration around the proportionality of the project and value for money against the outcomes you are seeking to achieve. Please click here to see all of the projects that have/are being funded through the PCC to give you an idea of the kind of grants that we have supported.

Could you let me know when is the earliest date that we might hear if we have been successful?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide you with the exact date. This depends on many factors, including the volume of applications that we are currently processing, the process they have to go through, the promptness of the expert feedback and the availability of staff.

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 you accept the offer letter acceptance with an electronic signature, or do you need a hard copy with the signature too?

Only an electronic version is required, there is no need to send us a hard copy. 

Simply just type your name (example 1) or embed your e-signature (example 2):

Example 1

Signed John Smith
Name John Smith
Date 13.05.16
Organisation Gloucestershire Community
Position Project Manager


Example 2 

Signed undefined
Name John Smith
Date 13.05.16
Organisation  Gloucestershire Community
Position Project Manager


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.

Can we send applications via e-mail or on a hard copy?

Our new online application system has been designed to be user-friendly, so you should not encounter problems applying online. We do ask that all applications are submitted in this way. If you do encounter any problems, please e-mail us at and we will try our best to solve any issues.

I was informed that my project fit within the Older but not Overlooked strand, but I am not aiming at older people. Why is this?

Our Older but not Overlooked strand has developed over time to accommodate a larger range of beneficiaries, including disabled people. If you are unsure of the strand(s) that your bid falls into, please get in touch and we will be more than happy to help.

Last year I could apply for 4 years funding, but this year I could only apply for 3. Why is this?

Martin Surl is elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner, and this post runs for 4 years until the next election. Because the Commissioner's Fund is part of Martin's Police and Crime Plan, it may not continue from the next election if a new PCC is elected. Therefore, we can only 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 can see that you are less likely to fund salaries. A part-time salary is fundamental in our project to enable outreach and coordination. Will this affect the success of our application?

Salaries are considered if they contribute towards the overall success of the project. It is not likely to affect the outcome unless there is no real reason as to why the post is required, or the costing is substantial and can be sourced cheaper elsewhere. We have funded projects in the past that have needed to fund salaries, and have become very successful in their work. Do not let this discourage you, but please inform us thoroughly as to why the post is needed.

There is already a similar project in the same location. Will this affect the success of our application?

If there are already existing services in the local area, ensure that your project complements or improves accessibility to target beneficiaries. If there is already adequate provision then we would be more likely to fund something that is new and advantageous to other people and communities.

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 amounts 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: 10 January 2018