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High Sheriff and Merseyside Police Charitable Fund

This fund aims to work with voluntary bodies and community groups in Merseyside to support community safety, crime prevention and security initiatives in their locality.

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.
The areas of Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens and Wirral are all covered.

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 criminal acts for the benefit of the public in and around Merseyside.
  • To secure the advancement of education for the public benefit in all matters relating to community safety.
  • To increase the provision of diversionary activities and facilities that target young people to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

Groups will need to have been constituted for at least 12 months before seeking funding. The panel is unlikely to fund salaries and staff costs. Priority will be given to projects that focus on the advancement of education and increasing the provision of diversionary activities and facilities for young people. In exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to other types of funding. Note that the panel is unlikely to fund CCTV systems, security measures or similar pieces of equipment.

Due to the COVID pandemic, the fund will also consider core costs to enable groups to continue to carry out activities that meet the fund’s focus. It will also consider projects that aim to relieve issues that have been exacerbated by COVID such as domestic violence and criminal exploitation.

In addition to the completed application, applicants should provide a letter of support for the project, ideally from a PCSO (Police Community Support Officer), traffic community support officer or similar referee.

Note: The donor has the discretion to also commission applications.

The next closing date is Friday 13 August 2021 but due to a limited budget, the fund may close earlier when sufficient applications have been received.

To find out more and to apply, please go to the Community Foundation Merseyside website.

You should expect to hear the outcome of your application within 6 weeks of the closing date.

For further information, please contact Joan Ford, Programmes Manager via phone – 0330 440 4900 or email: joan@cflm.email.

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