North Lincolnshire Council

Crime Reduction Fund

 

 

In partnership with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) funding has been set aside for the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) to help local voluntary and community groups in the North Lincolnshire area to reduce crime and improve community cohesion.

The Crime Reduction Fund grant scheme has been running in this area since 2017 and has successfully helped to fund a number of projects and initiatives across the North Lincolnshire area.

This fund is aimed at supporting communities to:

  • Strengthen their local community through the provision of facilities, events, activities or services to local children and young people, families, and adults of all ages
  • Encourage and support voluntary groups to make North Lincolnshire safer through the development of local initiatives, projects, services and activities

 

Criteria

In order to apply for a grant from the Crime Reduction Fund, applicants should demonstrate that their project meets the following criteria:

The project contributes to at least one of the PCC’s aims in his Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021:

  • To deliver increasingly self-sustaining and safe communities in the Humber area
  • To build public confidence in the agencies involved in creating safer communities
  • To promote services to victims and the vulnerable that meet their needs

The project contributes to at least one of the North Lincolnshire CSP Partnership Plan outcomes:

  • Safe communities – people feel safe and are safe
    • targeting offenders
    • protecting the vulnerable
    • focusing on communities in need
  • Strong communities – people take responsibility for their community
    • building community cohesion
    • developing volunteering
    • enhancing Neighbourhood Watch and Action Teams
  • Resilient communities – people recover and withstand adverse impact
    • reducing the impact of domestic abuse
    • reducing the impact of substance and alcohol misuse
    • safeguarding the vulnerable from exploitation

There is a clear explanation of how it will benefit children, young people, families, adults or the community where the project will be based, and should outline exactly what the money will be used for. Applications should also note fundraising efforts to achieve additional or match funding for the project.

 

What kind of projects and groups will this scheme support?

The Crime Reduction Fund will support a wide range of facilities, events, activities and services that contribute to the following priorities:

  • Enable communities to thrive and live active healthy and fulfilled lives
  • Support, safeguard and protect the vulnerable
  • Shape the area into a prosperous place to live, work, invest and play
  • Commission to improve outcomes for individuals and communities

The fund will support the following organisations:

  • Neighbourhood Watch Groups
  • Junior and Youth groups
  • Charitable bodies
  • Trusts
  • Co-operatives
  • Industrial and provident societies
  • Not for profit constituted organisations
  • Town and Parish councils

Please note this list is not exhaustive and applications from new groups are welcomed.

 

How much can I apply for?

There are two levels of funding that can be applied for:

  • Tier 1 – bids of up to £10,000 for one year projects (there may be further funding available for specific projects – please contact us to discuss in more detail)
  • Tier 2 – bids of up to £50,000 for two year projects

Your group will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to the proposed project either in terms of financial commitment, match funding, resources, or ‘in kind’ support for the project (e.g. volunteer time) in addition to the funding being requested from the CSP.

If you are applying for Tier 2 funding you may be invited in to come and present your project to our Panel. We will be in touch to arrange this if this is the case.

 

When can I apply? 

There will be four waves of funding that can be applied for throughout the year, and the next deadline for applications to be submitted is

11 March 2019

This will be the final funding wave of this financial year . We will announce arrangements for 2019-2020 in due course, please keep an eye on our twitter feed @SafeNorthLincs for more information. Resources to support applications will follow on our webpage.

 

Things to note:

If there is information missing from your application we will contact you to request the missing information, usually by email. Any additional information requested must be returned by the funding wave closing dates. Please be aware that due to the quick turnaround between closing dates and our Board meeting, we are unable to consider late applications, instead these will be carried over to the next wave where this is possible.

The CRF grant should not be applied for in respect of the following:

  • Groups who cannot demonstrate evidence of their own fund raising efforts or contribution to the project detailed in the application
  • Projects to premises used solely as places of worship (however projects benefitting the wider community and partnership endeavours are eligible to apply)
  • Retrospective applications – i.e. to reimburse money already spent
  • Schools and colleges
  • Political groups or groups promoting political activities
  • Groups/organisations where the majority of the membership live outside of North Lincolnshire Council boundaries
  • Groups whose activities exclude young people under 18 years
  • Grant making bodies applying for funding to redistribute to individuals or groups
  • Repair and maintenance projects
  • Repairs to damage caused by fire or vandalism

Please note that this list is not exhaustive, if you are unsure of whether your project idea is eligible please contact us on the details below.

Bank accounts – as a Partnership we have a responsibility to ensure correct use of public funds, and as such have to ensure we have confidence in the groups applying for funding to manage grants awarded appropriately. With this in mind, we would prefer groups to have a group bank account. The process for obtaining a club/society bank account is a relatively simple one – as a committee you will need to agree two unrelated signatories to authorise payments, fill in a form and present evidence of you ID and address to your chosen bank, along with a copy of your group’s constitution. If your group is unable to hold a bank account please contact us to discuss this before applying.

 

 

What’s next? 

If you feel your group could benefit from this funding, please read the Crime Reduction Fund guidance for applicants carefully before applying.

To apply, you will need to complete our Application Form and return to communitysafetypartnership@northlincs.gov.uk.

Once you have applied we will confirm receipt of your application and when you can expect to hear back from us.

 

I have a question – who can I contact? 

If you need any support with your application or would like to discuss your project idea and get some advice, you can contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods Officer via email at saferneighbourhoods@northlincs.gov.ukor call 01724 244665.

You can also contact the Community Safety Partnership for advice or to ask a question via email at communitysafetypartnership@northlincs.gov.uk.

Humberside PCC’s Police and Crime Plan – Police-and-Crime-Plan (pdf, 2mb)

North Lincolnshire CSP Plan – CSP Partnership Plan (pdf, 4mb)

Guidance for applicants – Crime Reduction Fund guidance (doc, 119kb)

CRF application form – CRF Application Form (doc, 981kb)

Contact us via email: communitysafetypartnership@northlincs.gov.uk

Please note this email address should not be used to report crime or disorder – there is advice available here on the Humberside Police site regarding reporting a crime.

Find us on twitter – @SafeNorthLincs