High Sheriff and Merseyside Police Charitable Fund – Now Open

The High Sheriff and Merseyside Police Charitable Fund is now open for applications. The fund aims to work with voluntary bodies and community groups in Merseyside to support community safety, crime prevention and security initiatives in their locality.

What is the focus of the fund: 

All applications must meet the following objectives of the fund: 

  • To promote a safer and increased quality of life through the prevention of crime and the protection of people and property from harm or fear of harm, and/or criminal acts for the benefit of the public in and around Merseyside.
  • To support and raise awareness to help communities be and feel safe
  • To increase provision of diversionary activities and facilities that engage children and young people, and which create long-term impact in preventing and reducing their vulnerability to crime and in engaging in anti-social behaviour.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, the fund will consider core costs to enable groups to continue to carry out activities that meet the fund’s focus.  The fund will also consider projects that aim to reduce and prevent crime-related issues that have been exacerbated by COVID-19:

  • Increase in domestic abuse
  • Increase in violent crime
  • Increase in public order offences
  • Increase in cybercrime and online fraud
  • Above average hospital admissions for alcohol specific conditions (under 18s) and for substance misuse (15-24 years)
  • Increase in vulnerabilities associated with child criminal exploitation
  • Increases in police recorded hate crimes

The fund’s criteria are reviewed and revised in line with the latest available guidance and evidence, from relevant research, and expert advice. To ensure the activities in your grant application reflect current best practice, and is therefore more likely to have a better chance of success, you may find the following toolkits useful: the College of Policing and Youth Endowment Fund.

How much is available: 

Grants will normally range from £500 to £2500 and may be less than the figure applied for. In exceptional circumstances, grants of higher value may be considered.

Which areas are covered

Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens and Wirral.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Deadline: 24 October 2022 but due to a limited budget the fund may close earlier when sufficient applications are received.

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