The Commissioner’s Fund 2022/23


Following his election in May 2021 Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Chris Nelson has recently released his Police and Crime Prevention Plan which incorporates the Commissioner’s Fund.

The Commissioner’s Fund supports activity towards the delivery of the plan’s priorities, in the knowledge that the Police cannot reduce crime on their own.  More widely, the plan promotes connecting communities with a view to the police and public utilising their collective assets and working together to bring about changes that will make life better and make communities feel safer.

We are pleased to invite community groups, voluntary and public sector organisations to apply for grants (up to £5,000) to support neighbourhoods and communities working with the Police, to support delivery of the Police and Crime Prevention Plan and make Gloucestershire an even safer place to live, work and visit.


Chris Nelson’s first Police and Crime Prevention Plan is based on his manifesto commitments to Gloucestershire’s residents and the feedback we received during the extensive consultation process during the plan’s creation. The plan has been summarised under the six priorities below:

Creating safer communities

Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour and increasing feelings of safety

Tackling violence against women and girls

Challenging unacceptable attitudes and behaviour

Strengthening your Constabulary

A trusted, visible and responsive policing family

Targeting the causes of crime

Prioritising those most at risk of harm

Supporting victims and reducing reoffending

A people centred justice system

Empowering local communities

Giving you a voice in policing


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 Charities
  • charity community organisations
  • constituted groups or clubs
  • Community Interest Companies (CIC)
  • social enterprises
  • schools
  • statutory bodies (including town or parish councils)

We cannot accept applications from:

  • individuals
  • 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
  • Group or partnership development
  • Awareness raising
  • Training
  • Small scale equipment and materials

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
  • Vehicles


The Commissioner’s Fund is now closed. The deadline for submitting the applications was 17:00 on Wednesday 16 February 2022.

If you have any questions, please email the Commissioning Team.


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; if your organisation is suitable for our funding and meets our minimum standards for making a grant.

Should we need clarification in relation to the application you have submitted, we will contact you by email if. Once we have received any additional information requested, we will send your application to the relevant Police Inspectors and any experts within the organisation for their feedback and funding recommendation.

We aim to make the decisions on successful grants within approximately 5-6 weeks of the application deadline date (16 Feb 2022). However, if your application does not meet our minimum criteria we will inform you sooner that your application has not been successful and will, therefore, not proceed to the next stage in the process.

Following on from the above, the relevant individuals will provide critical feedback and any areas of concern they may have. Your application will then be considered by our internal advisory panel and then by the PCC for his final decision.

If your application is successful, you will receive an email informing you. This 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 why. You can contact us if would like further feedback.

We look forward to receiving your applications!