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Police & Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund

The Police and Crime Commissioner elections have been deferred until May 2021. The Community Fund will remain closed for the moment to enable the Commissioner to decide how funding overall will be allocated in the coming year. Due to the current Coronavirus situation we are unable at this time to advise when it will be decided. We do appreciate the great work that many of the groups and organisations we fund do which support the Commissioners Police and Crime Plan.


The Community Fund is specifically for access by the local community, third sector and voluntary groups within Cumbria. It is specifically aimed at supporting projects that are provided within local communities for the benefit of that community.

The fund is particularly looking to support organisations which believe they can have an impact on the priorities within the Police and Crime Plan:-

  • Tackle crime and anti-social behaviour (objective 3)
  • Ensure offenders face a consequence for their crime (objective 4)
  • Always put victims first (objective 5)
  • Focus our police on online and sexual crime (objective 6)
  • Supporting young people (objective 8)

The purpose of the fund is to support community groups to deliver a change within their community which benefits members and supports the Police and Crime Plan. There is a recommendation that groups contact their local Problem Solving Officers/Community Officers to discuss their ideas and projects. This process will be seen as good practice and will enhance and support applications to Community Fund.

Please note the Community Fund will not support:

  • Commercially run activities
  • Speed Laser Devices and Speed Activation Devices
  • Projects run for the sole benefit of one individual
  • Politically based activities
  • Events or activities for which the principle aim is to fundraise for other organisations
  • The development or refurbishment of buildings
  • Activities which form a statutory function of an applicant
  • CCTV
  • Please note it is recommended that applications relating to the improvement and/or development of play parks are directed to the Property Fund.

The Commissioner considers applications twice a year.

Please ensure applications are received by the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner prior to the closing date. Applications received after the closing date will NOT be considered.

The fund will be used to award grants following a funding application.  This information pack will explain the process and contains the forms you will need to apply for funding.  Funding will be awarded on the basis of the expected outcomes that your group aim to achieve from a funding award.  Grants will be awarded for amounts between £1,000 and £10,000.

Each grant will be paid in two stages, 70% at the start of the project and 30% at the end of the project. The 30% final payment will be made at the end of the project subject to us having received a report from you setting out how the grant has helped you achieve your objectives and what changes it has brought about.

Click here to view the guidance notes.

Click here to download the application form.

Click here to download the evaluation template.

Click here To view a copy of the Police and Crime Plan .

Please email all applications to commissioner@cumbria-pcc.gov.uk or post to OPCC, 1-2 Carleton Hall, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2AU

Privacy Notice and Consent:

The information you submit on the application will be held by the Cumbria Office of Police and Crime Commissioner and will contribute directly to the decision that is made regarding allocations of funding and for our own research purposes. In addition your application form may be shared with third parties and partner agencies who may be involved in the decision making process. We may be required to disclose information outside of the Cumbria Office of Police and Crime Commissioner to help prevent fraud, or if required by law.

Full grant applications will be retained for a maximum of 6 years (plus current year). Information will be retained on a database at the Cumbria Office of Police and Crime Commissioner for statistical and monitoring purposes.

If your application is successful, details of grants will be published on the Cumbria Office of Police and Crime Commissioner website. No personal information will be published.


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