The Commissioner’s Proceeds of Crime Act Community Grants 

Organisations and charities are encouraged to apply for up to a maximum of £7,500 to support a project in South Yorkshire that will help contribute to the aims of the Police and Crime Plan.

Over the past seven years the Police and Crime Commissioner has awarded almost £1.7million in grants to South Yorkshire organisations which aim to cut crime and anti-social behaviour and keep people safe, particularly in more disadvantaged areas.

The scheme sees money confiscated from criminals as part of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) form part of the budget available for charities and organisations to apply for.

This means money that is taken directly out of the hands of criminals is given to worthy causes and will contribute to bringing down crime in South Yorkshire.

The PCC also puts funding from his budget to make the total grant scheme amount.

Organisations and charities, including community groups and activity centres are invited to apply for up to £7,500. The money should be used to contribute to local communities and should meet the aims of the Police and Crime Plan,

Projects should be aligned to one of the following objectives:

  • Helping victims, including children, of serious violence, domestic abuse, sexual offences and hate crime
  • Helping those who are victims and survivors of child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation and human trafficking and slavery
  • Helping those vulnerable to cyber and internet fraud
  • Demonstrate effective partnership working with other organisations
  • Ethnic minorities, especially BAME young people not being disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system
  • Public health approach to tackling crime e.g. knife crime or substance misuse related offending
  • Support victims and witnesses of crime throughout the Criminal Justice process

Next application Deadline: 20th May 2022

The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) will shortly be launching its annual funding round. Information about the VRU can be accessed on their website. The funding guidelines and application form will be available to download from the website later this month.

To apply please click HERE

Who is eligible to apply?

All not-for-profit organisations and charities (excluding statutory organisations) that are registered on Companies House or the Charity Commission. Organisations must have a bank account that requires a minimum of two signatures for withdrawals together with a constitution/articles of association/trust deeds, or similar document.

What can the grant be spent on? 

For information on expenditure we will and will not fund please click HERE

How are applications assessed?

Applications are scored against 5 criteria by a minimum of three members of the grants panel. The 5 evaluation criteria are:

  1. Clear and well defined aims that clearly contribute to the Police and Crime Plan
  2. Evidence of need for the project/funding
  3. Is the budget cost effective with all items eligible for funding?
  4. Strength of partnership working
  5. Confidence in monitoring measures

If an application meets the scoring benchmark, due diligence checks are undertaken.

What due diligence checks are undertaken? 

We consult your local neighbourhood inspector and relevant colleagues in your local council (where appropriate) to ensure they are supportive of your project. We also carry out financial and governance checks on your organisation.

To see a list of previous successful applicants please follow this link – Grant Awards 2021-2022

For information on other funding opportunities in South Yorkshire please click here.