Proceeds of Crime Community Fund
Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane has committed to investing money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2002 back into local communities under his Proceeds of Crime Community Fund to send a clear message to criminals that crime doesn’t pay.
The Commissioner believes that by ceasing criminals' assets and revinesting the proceeds into our communities, we can help prevent further offences and increase community safety.
The Commissioner makes decisions on where the fund can be used most effectively to address community needs, whilst supporting the aims within the Police and Crime Plan and Cheshire Constabulary’s budget priorities for each financial year.
The Proceeds of Crime Community Fund is split into two separate pots of money:
• Community Police Fund – PCSOs and Chief Inspectors bid to this fund directly to work on community safety projects with local residents.
• Safer Communities Fund – members of the community can bid directly to this fund for initiatives that prevent crime and anti-social behaviour.
Community Police Fund
Applications are open to police officers and PCSOs to support their work with local communities to keep Cheshire safe and must be submitted to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) directly by local policing teams.
The aim is to fund projects which support:
• Community safety
• Local problem solving
• Connection between policing and communities
• Community Assets
Each of the 122 policing communities in Cheshire will be allocated a £1,000 grant to work with the community on bids that address the above issues. An additional £10,000 will be allocated to each of Cheshire’s eight Local Policing Unit to support larger scale projects which address local need.
Each local police team will work closely with their local community as they look to develop bids for projects which address the community safety needs of their local area and meet the priorities in the Police and Crime Plan.
Investment should seek to be for new one off projects that leave a legacy as opposed to continuous year-on-year commitments. We are encouraging match funding for each bid, but will recognise input in kind.
This fund links directly to the new community policing model to increase police visibility in every community by providing a dedicated Police Constable (PC) and Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) for all 122 policing communities.
For more information on this fund and how it could benefit your area, please contact your local police team on the relevant details below.
Chester local police team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Crewe local police team: email@example.com
Ellesmere Port local police team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Macclesfield local police team: email@example.com
Northwich local police team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Runcorn local police team: email@example.com
Warrington local police team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Widnes local police team: email@example.com
If you do not know who your local PC or PCSO is, you can find out more information here by typing in your postcode.
Safer Communities Fund
Applications are open to community, voluntary or third sector organisations including Parish Councils and must be submitted to the OPCC directly by members of the community.
Applications must support the objectives within the Police and Crime Plan. Projects must be located within Cheshire and must focus on local needs. The key funding areas will be:
• Youth (Engagement, Intervention and Diversion)
• Drugs (Education and reduction in substance misuse)
• Rehabilitation (Education, development of skills, training, volunteering and mentoring)
• Emergent need (response to local need and demand)
All projects must engage with the local authority and local policing team. In most cases this will be your local dedicated PCSO. The named individual will need to be aware of the project and will be able to endorse that the information within your application addresses local needs.
Within the Safer Communities Fund, there is two levels of funding available:
• Express grant of up to £1,000 – aimed at supporting not-for-profit organisations to deliver community based projects or initiatives to meet immediate or emergency need. Applications will be reviewed and an outcome will be communicated the week following the one in which is it submitted. Applications can be downloaded here and completed forms emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Main grant of up to £5,000 - applications should address one or more of the key funding areas above, working in partnership to develop a problem solving approach to address a local need.It is highly recommended that applicants should engage with the OPCC to assist in developing their application. Applications will be reviewed and an outcome communicated within 28 working days. The fund is currently closed to new applications. If you would like to receive a notification when the fund re-opens, you can leave us your details and we will contact you directly with all the information. Leave us your details here
Grants of more than £5,000 may be considered by the Commissioner but the fund is currently closed to new applications. If you would like to receive a notification when the fund re-opens, you can leave us your details and we will contact you directly with all the information. Leave us your details here
Covid-19 - If the application is seeking funds to address a local need as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, applicants should ensure they have contacted the local authority making sure they are aware of the project. The local authority has a key responsibility for the voluntary sector in relation to co-ordinating government mandated volunteer efforts.
Engaging with them will ensure the local authority is informed about the support services potentially available to residents out in the community but also reduces the likelihood of duplication and increases the likelihood of the project achieving a positive impact.
Applicants will need to set out the contact details of who they have engaged with within their application so the OPCC can ensure that the project supports the local response.
Each local authority has dedicated pages on their websites with a range of resources and key contact details which will support applicants:
If you will be working with children or vulnerable adults you will be required to confirm you have policies and procedures relating to Safeguarding Children and/or Vulnerable Adults that are in accordance with national guidelines and any guidance issued by the relevant Local Safeguarding Adults Board and/or Local Safeguarding Children Board.
Further advice and support can be found via the local board websites which can be found below:
Local Safeguarding Children Boards
- Pan Cheshire Local Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual
- Cheshire East Local Safeguarding Children Board
- Cheshire West & Chester Local Safeguarding Children Board
- Halton Local Safeguarding Children Board
- Warrington Local Safeguarding Children Board