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Police and Crime Commissioner's Action Fund 2018-19

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire is pleased to open his Community Grants programme for 2018-19. 

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support community and voluntary initiatives which will reduce crime and make Hertfordshire a safer place to live by helping to deliver the aims of the Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan for Hertfordshire (2017 – 2022). 
 
The fund, which comes from the proceeds of crime, empowers local groups to find solutions to community safety problems. The Commissioner is keen to work with and fund a range of organisations from the community who have a shared interest in delivering positive outcomes and improved services for residents.

Who can Apply?
The fund is open to voluntary and community groups, charitable and not-for-profit organisations, Community Safety Partnerships and Parish, Town and District Councils. The Commissioner particularly wants to support innovative projects which have sprung from local collaborations and partnerships and can make a lasting difference to communities in terms of safety. 
 
Your project will help to continue deliver the aims of the Commissioner’s Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan for Hertfordshire (2017-2022) which sets out the priorities for ‘Everyone’s Business’. 

What can we Fund?  
The fund is for projects rather than sole running costs. Proposals can cover a range of activities lasting up to a year. These can include but are not limited to practical work, research projects, awareness raising or training. We can also fund equipment and materials. 

When to Apply?
There will be four rounds where funding will be made available in 2018-19. The first round opened on Febraury, 21st and will close on March 31st. Following an assesment of all bid, applicants will be notified in May on whether on the sucess of their bids.

The Fund
One of the priorities of the Commissioner’s plan is that crime does not pay. The fund is made up from money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA). This is a piece of legislation created to tackle organised crime, giving police officers the power to seize cash and recover assets such as cars and houses bought by criminals through the proceeds of their crimes.

POCA strikes directly at the main motive for crime, deterring offenders, disrupting organised crime, and shows the public that crime doesn't pay. The money recovered and made through the sale of the criminal's assets can then be put back into community projects and helps to fund further investigations.

For more information including eligibility and grant criteria, please download the guidelines here.

Click here to apply for a grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner's Action Fund.

Successful funds to date were allocated in:
March 2017
May 2017
July 2017
September 2017

 
  

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This year the Commissioner has allocated £150k to the fund from the Proceeds of Crime and has asked Hertfordshire Community Foundation to administer the grants programme. For further guidance, and to apply please follow the link to the HCF website 

About Hertfordshire Community Foundation
Hertfordshire Community Foundation is a registered charity which aims to tackle need and deprivation in Hertfordshire and to improve the quality of life for everyone who lives here. They do this by providing grants to enable Hertfordshire charities and voluntary groups to tackle identified needs of the communities of Hertfordshire. The Foundation also manage funds for people and organisations wanting to support local causes.

Since inception in 1988, they have awarded over £12 million in support to local communities. The Foundation currently manages over 100 funds on behalf of individuals, families, companies and other organisations. During 2016/2017 we awarded £467,682 in direct grant aid to charitable projects working to tackle identified need in Hertfordshire.
 

Successful Communuity Grants Programmes ( 2013-2015 )

To get an idea about the range and types of successful projects there are links to the previous rounds of funding allocation below. Each section gives a brief overview for the individual allocations.

All grants are subject to satisfactory completion of a six monthly progress / end of year report outlining spend against activity in accordance to the conditions of the grant. For all grants awarded that total £10k or above, payment is given in two instalments. For those under £10k a single payment is made subject to satisfactory completion of progress reports. 

The fifth round of funding allocations closed in March 2015. Click here for details.

The fourth round of funding allocations closed in September 2014. Click here for details.

The third round of funding allocations closed in March 2014. Click here for details.

The second round of funding allocations closed in November 2013. Click here for details.

The first round of funding allocations closed in June 2013.  Click here for details.