Active Citizens Fund
The Active Citizens Fund combines three previous streams of
funding so that West Midlands Police will be better placed to
engage with the public and encourage 'active citizenship'. This
means that communities in the West Midlands will be actively
involved in projects that will make a positive difference to
Neighbourhood Policing Units (NPUs) have an annual budget to
help fund community projects that reflect the priorities of West
Midlands Police and its partners.
Two types of applications will be considered for funding:
Community Projects and Small Grants.
- Community Projects will usually require larger amounts of
funding and will be supported at partnership level with engagement
from other agencies. There is no upper or lower limit on the amount
of funding that could be available, but these funds are designed to
support projects rather than one-off expenses or events.
There is an expectation that these projects will be sustainable
beyond the period for which funding is provided, and may take a
number of years to show benefits.
- Small Grants may be used to help the community to
purchase equipment or may be used to support a one-off community
event or initiative. These grants will usually be smaller
amounts, although there is no upper or lower limit.
The final decision on funding is made by the NPU Commander for
both types of application.
If you wish to apply for a Community Project, this will require
more extensive discussions with your NPU Commander and their team,
and you should discuss your plans and your application with your
local neighbourhood team, who will work with you and help to steer
your application through the process which has been agreed on the
If you wish to apply for a Small Grant, you should discuss your
application with your local neighbourhood officer before submitting
your application form.
The first step is to contact your local team (using the email
address on the right). They can advise you about the local
process and the local priorities. They will also guide you through
the local application process, provide some advice on whether your
application is likely to be successful, and will give you an
application form. Once you have completed your application
form, this must be submitted to the NPU commander for a decision.
Each local area has its own process and its own priorities in
place. However, the following guidance may help
- Groups/organisations must be properly constituted and have a
bank or building society account with at least two signatories
where we can pay the funds.
- A group/organisation does not need to be based in the community
where the project is run, but the project must be of direct benefit
to the residents of that area.
- We do not fund individuals.
- You may include revenue items where this is essential to the
running of a time-limited project (e.g. for hiring additional,
temporary project staff - but these must not be employed either
temporarily or permanently by West Midlands Police).
- Match funding is not a requirement, but we will look favourably
on projects which contribute additional funds. This can
include in-kind contributions such as volunteer time or
items/materials donated to the project.
Following your application, the NPU Commander will decide
whether or not to approve the funding for your project. If
successful, you will be notified of the evaluation process that you
need to abide by in order to receive the funding.*
*Once an application has been approved, the applicant will be
asked to sign and return a Grant Conditions Form and a quarterly
expenditure statement (this sets out the dates when funds are
released). Thereafter, successful applicants will be
required to complete an Impact Assessment form every six months and
at the end of the project, and a quarterly expenditure statement
for the duration of the project.
Before you complete an application form you must contact your
local policing team using the emails below:
For more general information about the Active Citizens Fund,
please contact the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for
the West Midlands:
- By phone: (0121) 626
Please discuss your plans with your neighbourhood team,
and send completed application forms to your Neighbourhood Policing
Unit selected from the e-mail addresses on the right.