The Commissioner’s Fund 2021/22
THE FUND AND ITS AIM
Due to COVID-19 the PCC elections did not take place as planned in May 2020 and have been postponed for one year, therefore the PCC has the option to fund some new projects through the Commissioner’s Fund for an additional year (2021/22).
The Commissioner’s Fund supports activity towards the delivery of the Police & Crime Plan priorities, in the knowledge that the Police cannot bring about the change we need on their own. More widely, the Police & Crime Plan values better connected communities where people utilise our collective assets and can act together to make life better.
We are pleased to invite community groups, voluntary and public sector organisations to apply for small grants (up to £1,000) to support neighbourhoods working with the Police, to encourage a feeling of safety and to regenerate communities after COVID-19 in order to make Gloucestershire an even better and safer place to live, work and visit.
POLICE AND CRIME PLAN AND ITS PRIORITIES
The first Police and Crime Plan was produced based on views & experience of the PCC and what people of Gloucestershire told him they wanted before he was elected in 2012. The plan has been recently updated and can be summarised under the six priorities below, but embraces a much wider approach.
In order to be considered, projects must:
- take place in Gloucestershire
- deliver one or more of the PCC’s priorities
- support crime reduction and community safety work
The Commissioner’s Fund is open to:
- voluntary or Registered Charity
- charity community organisation
- constituted group or club
- Community Interest Company (CIC)
- social enterprise
- statutory body (including town, parish or county council)
We cannot accept applications from:
- sole traders
- organisations that are aimed at generating profits primarily for private distribution
- organisations based outside the UK
- applications made by one organisation on behalf of another unless you are working in partnership
What we are likely to fund
- Practical work / activity costs
- Feasibility studies or research projects
- Group or partnership development
- Awareness raising
- Small scale equipment and materials
- Marketing and promotion
What we are unlikely to fund
- Individual’s salary
- Replacement of statutory funding or salaries that should be paid by County and District Councils, Health, Social Care, Education, Mental Health
- Bursaries and scholarships
- Building costs
- Large scale equipment
- CCTV (see the CCTV policy below)
Special consideration will be given to innovative projects that are relevant to Covid, to include
- Schemes involving work with young people
- Initiatives in support of the elderly including care home residents
- Groups that encourage community cohesion and safety
Currently/previously funded projects
The fund aims to develop opportunities rather than sustain any existing work. Organisations which have previously been awarded funding are welcome to apply again with different ideas.
HOW TO APPLY?
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU SUBMIT AN APPLICATION?
After you submit your Grant Application form you will receive an email confirming that we have received it. We will do a basic check to see if you have submitted all the information we need and if your organisation is suitable for our funding and meets our minimum standards for grant making.
We usually make decisions on Successful Grants within approximately 6 months of the application deadline date. However if your application does not meet are minimum criteria we will inform you within a matter of weeks that your application has not been successful and will therefore not proceed to the next stage in the process.
You will then be contacted by email if we have any clarification questions in relation to the application you have submitted. Once we have received any additional information requested, we will then send your application to the relevant Priority Leads, Police Inspectors and any relevant experts within the organisation for their feedback and funding recommendation.
Following on from the above the relevant individuals will provide critical feedback on whether we should fund the project and any areas of concern they may have. Your application will be the considered by our internal advisory panel & the PCC on whether to fund.
If your application is successful you will receive an email informing you of the decision. This email will provide you with an offer letter and more information on what happens next. The offer letter will include conditions for your grant and any specific requirements.
If your application has been unsuccessful, you will receive an email from us informing you of the decision. This email will give you brief reasons as to why your application was turned down on this occasion. You can also contact us if would like further feedback.