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Police and Crime Commissioner’s Innovation Fund


The Police and Crime Commissioner elections have been deferred until May 2021. The Innovation 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. 


This fund is specifically targeted at providing grants to support innovative projects that pilot new ways of working specifically aimed at addressing one or more of the key objectives within my Police and Crime Plan 2016-2020 (Making Cumbria Even Safer).

  • 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)

Whilst grants will generally be awarded on an annual basis, to ensure that successful innovative projects can plan for the medium term, we will consider applications that have a requirement for multi-year funding.

Grants will be awarded to Innovative projects that that can demonstrate a positive and measurable impact in assisting the Police and local Communities. These projects will deliver success by developing prevention measures or working with offenders and supporting victims. The Innovation fund is targeted in supporting new initiatives within the 5 key areas and a key factor in whether your application is successful or not is how you demonstrate that the idea is new to Cumbria, or a collaborative partnership delivering a countywide service involving one or more organisations.

Applications for this fund will be considered once a year by submitting a completed application pack but will consist of a two stage process:

Stage 1

Submission of an application pack which is then reviewed by a panel including the Commissioner, a Chief Officer from OPCC and Cumbria Constabulary to assess the project. This will include:

  • Reviewing the evidence that this is not currently being provided in Cumbria
  • Assessing the project against the evaluation criteria contained within the application pack

Stage 2

Attending a meeting with the panel to talk through your application. This will be your opportunity to explain how you will achieve the outcomes and the processes involved. Also this will be an opportunity for us to meet the team delivering the project.

Grants will be awarded for amounts between £10,000 and £100,000. Please bear in mind that we may make an offer to support your idea but we may not be able to offer the whole amount you ask for so it is important to ensure that you examine a number of funding streams. We would advise that you make no financial commitments until we have agreed to support your project.

Please be aware that all awards will be announced and published within the public domain as part of our policy on openness and transparency. The maximum length of time the OPCC will be prepared to fund a project will be for a period of three years at which point we would expect the project to have developed its own funding streams.

There may be occasions when the Commission conducts a tender exercise inviting applications from local communities, voluntary groups and partner organisations to present a project that would assist the OPCC in addressing a specific priority.

To view the guidance notes, please click here.

To download the application form, please click here.

To download the end of project evaluation report template, please click here.

To download the quarterly evaluation report template, please click here.

To download a copy of the Police and Crime Plan, please click here.

All applications must be emailed to commissioner@cumbria-pcc.gov.uk or posted to: OPCC, 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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