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Safer Communities Fund

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The Safer Communities Fund (previously the Crime Reduction Fund) offers grants of up to £20,000 to community projects in North Lincolnshire that help to build safe, strong and resilient communities. The fund opens to new applications four times each year. Please read the information below to find out if your project could be eligible.

Since 2018, North Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership (CSP) has given over £200,000 to community projects across the area.
Projects supported include:

  • dance clubs
  • boxing clubs
  • youth clubs
  • therapeutic support for young people
  • employment support for people looking for work
  • scam prevention work

The fund can support a variety of projects. If you are part of a charity, voluntary group, or community interest company looking for funding to support activities in your area, please get in touch. You could be awarded a grant from the CSP for your project.

We felt it was important to capture the community spirit that is such an asset to our communities in North Lincolnshire, and to give a better feel for the aims of the fund. The Community Safety Partnership (CSP) are committed to enabling people to feel safe and be safe, and this fund will support community groups to deliver valuable work towards our shared aims.

  • Strengthen local communities 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

Applicants should demonstrate that their project meets the following criteria:

  • The project contributes to at least one of the PCC’s aims in the PHumberside PCC’s Police and Crime Plan  [PDF, 2Mb]:
  • 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 Community Safety Partnership Plan [PDF, 4Mb] 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

Applicants need to clearly explain how their project will benefit children, young people, families, adults or the community in the area where the project will be based. It should outline exactly what the money will be used for. It is also good to show us what other funding you have raised for the project.

The Safer Communities 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

Examples of the types of groups the fund can help:

  • 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.

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

  • Tier 1 – bids of up to £10,000 for one year projects
  • Tier 2 – bids of up to £20,000 for two year projects

Additional funding may be available for specific projects – please contact the Community Safety Partnership to discuss in more detail.

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, in addition to the funding being requested from the CSP. This can include volunteer time.

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.

There are four funding rounds throughout the year. The next deadline for applications to be submitted is 26 August 2020.

Resources to support applications can be found in the ‘related documents’ section below.

If you wish to submit an application to the current round, please be very clear how you will deliver your chosen project in line with the current government guidelines around social distancing due to COVID-19.

If you cannot deliver your project in line with current guidelines, or would need to delay the start of your project, please consider submitting your application to a later round in either August or November. If you are unsure which round to apply for, please contact us to discuss this.

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 date. 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 Safer Communities 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 (projects benefitting the wider community and partnership endeavours are eligible to apply)
  • Retrospective applications, for example to reimburse money already spent
  • Schools and colleges
  • Political groups or groups promoting political activities
  • Groups or 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 your 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.

If you feel your group could benefit from this funding, please read the Safer Communities Fund guidance 2020-21 [PDF, 123Kb]. We also have an Safer Communities Fund FAQs [PDF, 74Kb] sheet with some of the more popular questions.

To apply, you will need to complete our  Safer Communities Fund application form 2020-21 [DOC, 993Kb] and return to communitysafetypartnership@northlincs.gov.uk.

Please make sure the total size of the documents you email to us is less than 20Mb per email, otherwise your application may not reach us. Please contact us if you need help reducing the size of the files.

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

The Community Safety Partnership work closely with the Community Grants Team to support applicants and to ensure that applications reach the most appropriate funding pot. If you would like support with your application or would like to discuss your project idea and get some advice, you can contact the Community Grants Team via email at communitygrants@northlincs.gov.uk or via telephone on 01724 297257.

You can contact the Community Safety Partnership for advice or to ask a question via email at communitysafetypartnership@northlincs.gov.uk. If you’d prefer a call back, please send us your details and we’ll call you back.

Alternatively, you can contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods officer to discuss project ideas in your area via email at saferneighbourhoods@northlincs.gov.uk