Groups attend first Commissioner's Community Fund workshop
More than 60 people, representing groups across Hertfordshire, attended a brand new workshop this week aimed at helping them successfully apply for funding from the £250,000 Commissioner’s Community Fund (CCF) pot.

The interactive event was held at the Stevenage Business and Technology Centre on Wednesday (4th March) to help individuals, charities and businesses put together high quality bids for crime prevention, community safety or victim support projects.

The day-long event offered prospective CCF applicants practical support and guidance as well as the chance to network with like-minded groups from across the county. The day included presentations, workshops and group discussions to help guide prospective applicants through the application process, as well as a representative from the National Council of Voluntary Organisations sharing their expertise in fundraising.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd attended the event and spoke to the attendants about his objective to get more innovative, community-based projects in Hertfordshire off the ground, or to help them develop or expand their services.

Commissioner Lloyd said: “It was fantastic to see the event so well attended by a wide range of groups hoping to put together successful bids from the fund. The feedback from the groups that attended has been overwhelmingly positive and that it was informative and worthwhile. I understand several groups are considering a joint bid after taking advantage of the networking opportunities on the day.

“My hope is that groups attending the day will have a greater understanding of the CCF and how their exciting community safety and crime prevention ideas can win funding from it. The aim is of course to make Hertfordshire a safer and more crime free place for all.”

The 2015 CCF bidding round opened for applications last month and will remain open until Wednesday 25th March.  Alongside this, grants will be available from the Herts Victims Services Commissioning Fund for schemes that support victims of crime and help them cope and recover from their ordeal.

It is not essential to have attended the workshop in order to apply for funding. There is further information and supporting documentation available on the Commissioner’s website to help support bids

Applications will be able to be made between the opening dates above and submitted by email to If you are unable to submit your bid via email, please contact Commissioner Lloyd’s office on 01707 806100 or by post to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 4GZ.