The Commissioner’s Community Grants Scheme is now accepting applications.

 

ABOUT THE SCHEME

The Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, has a vision for “South Yorkshire to be a safe place to live, learn, work and travel.” The Commissioner’s Community Grant’s Scheme is aimed at empowering non-profit organisations to contribute towards achieving this vision.

The scheme is funded from the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and the PCC’s policing budget. The Proceeds of Crime Act refers to monies confiscated from criminals and awarded to worthy causes to help reduce crime and the impacts of crime in South Yorkshire. The PCC also allocates funding from his budget to make up the total scheme value.

The Police and Crime Commissioner has awarded almost £2 million in grants since the scheme was launched in 2014 to deliver projects that help to address local crime-related problems and keep people safe.

SCHEME SUMMARY

Deadline: 31 December 12noon

Funding amount: Up to £10,000

Maximum project length: Up to 12 months

Application process: Online form

WHO WE FUND

Non-profit organisations are invited to apply for up to £10,000 to develop and deliver projects based in South Yorkshire. Projects can be focused on specific communities, neighbourhood, districts or county-wide.

To be eligible to apply, organisations should meet the following criteria:

  • A non-profit organisation e.g. charity, voluntary organisation, company interest company, etc.
  • A bank account that requires a minimum of two signatures for withdrawals and payments
  • A written governing document e.g. a constitution/articles of association/trust deeds, or similar
  • If working with children, young people or vulnerable adults, a Safeguarding Policy with all delivery staff holding an enhanced DBS certificate

We are unable to accept applications from organisations that currently hold a live OPCC Community Grant or have been awarded 2 grants from the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit’s 2022 funding rounds.

SCHEME PRIORITIES

We fund projects that are aimed at keeping people safe, helping to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and supporting victims of crime, particularly in disadvantaged areas of South Yorkshire.

All projects must contribute towards achieving one of the following areas of focus, as set out in the South Yorkshire Police & Crime Plan:

Protecting Vulnerable People

1.a         Working in partnership to protect vulnerable people through early intervention and prevention, supporting those with mental health needs and targeted interventions

1.b         Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) including but not limited to sexual exploitation, sexual and other forms of abuse and activities to promote societal shifts/attitude change

1.c          Domestic abuse programmes to support victims and increase understanding around types of abuse, impact and effect on children

1.d         Tackling the exploitation of adults and children including safeguarding and prevention against sexual exploitation, modern slavery and trafficking and child criminal exploitation such as county lines

1.e         Identifying, safeguarding and preventing child sexual exploitation inclusive of online offending

1.f          Helping victims and those vulnerable to cybercrime including fraud, exploitation and online offending

Tackling Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour

2.a         Addressing neighbourhood crimes and promoting community cohesion inclusive of anti-social behaviour, burglary, vehicle crime, robbery, theft or hate crime

2.b         Support for non-statutory treatment efforts and for preventative work to raise awareness of the risks posed by drugs including recreational drug usage

2.c          Violence prevention activities and tackling organised crime gangs and serious violence including use of knives and guns

2.f          Activities to help address rural and wildlife crime

2.g         Projects to support and promote road safety

WHAT WE FUND

Funding can be used to establish new activities, to build on existing provision or to trial something completely new as a pilot project. We welcome imaginative and innovative projects that offer effective ways of meeting and addressing the Commissioner’s areas of focus, as detailed in the South Yorkshire Police & Crime Plan.

We fund lots of different types of activities. These can include:

  • Activities for young people such as sport, music, environmental activities, media, performing arts, social action
  • Activities to support targeted groups such as veterans, care leavers, Black and Minority Ethnic groups, victims of crime, etc.
  • Training, education and support programmes to change behaviours, reduce risk factors and break down barriers
  • Mentoring and peer support projects to engage young people and vulnerable adults
  • Activities to help victims of crime and groups identified as vulnerable or at risk
  • Awareness raising and education programmes exploring issues identified in the Police & Crime Plan such as road safety, cyber-crime and other online threats, violence against women and girls and domestic abuse
  • Social action projects designed to bring local people together to address local priorities and needs
  • Activities to tackle rural and wildlife crimes such as fly-tipping, damage caused by off-road vehicles, etc.

ELIGIBLE EXPENDITURE

Funding is available to cover direct project costs including:

  • Staff costs
  • Transport
  • Equipment and resources
  • Supplies and services
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Venue hire

Please see the Guidance Notes for further information.

ELIGIBILITY QUIZ

Before applying, please consider the following questions to determine your eligibility:

  1. Are you a non-profit organisation? This can include a registered charity, community interest company, voluntary organisation or unregistered group
  2. Will the project take place in South Yorkshire i.e. Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield? Delivery can take place at a neighbourhood, district or county-wide level.
  3. Can your project be delivered in 12 months and for up to £10,000?
  4. Are the items you are seeking funding for eligible under the scheme requirements?
  5. Does your project directly contribute to an area of focus in the South Yorkshire Police & Crime Plan?

HOW TO APPLY

Before applying, please download and read our Guidance Notes.

You can apply by accessing our online form  

A list of useful resources can be found below

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WHEN TO APPLY

The Grants Panel meets 3 times per year to review applications. The funding deadlines are:

  • 31 December 2022
  • 31 March 2023 (TBC)
  • 30 September (TBC)

WHAT IS THE SELECTION PROCESS?

Assessment: All applications are reviewed by a grant panel made up of representatives from the OPCC, Violence Reduction Unit and South Yorkshire Police. They are scored against the following criteria:

  • Clear links and contribution to the PCP
  • Well-developed project idea and clear methodology
  • Evidence of need
  • Cost effective budget with eligible items
  • Strength of partnership working
  • Confidence in monitoring measures and ability to deliver

Due Diligence: Applications recommended for funding by the panel are subject to Due Diligence checks before a grant is awarded. These checks include consulting with your local neighbourhood inspector and relevant colleagues in your local authority and governance checks on your organisation.

Notification: Successful applicants are then notified by telephone or email in the event that they cannot be reached.

SCHEME RESOURCES LIST