Suffolk Police & Crime Commissioner’s Fund

Grant Type Core costs & project costs
Status Open
Applications accepted from Social Enterprises? Yes
Maximum grant available £20,000 but no grant will normally exceed 10% of an organisation's total income
Deadlines 11 December 2019
Panel decisions expected March

Brief Description

Grants to support the work of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and parish councils that are delivering services that help make Suffolk a safer place to live, work, travel and invest in.

No grant will normally exceed 10% of an organisation’s total income.


Funding amounts

  • Grants of between £250 and £20,000 are available to support the work of voluntary and community groups, charities, Social Enterprises and Community Interest Companies that are delivering services that help make Suffolk a safer place to live, work, travel and invest in.


Conditions of grant funding

  • A grant would not normally exceed 10% of an organisation’s total income. However, some exceptions may be allowed for start-up groups and grassroot organisations. If your organisation falls outside these criteria, please call a Grants Officer before applying.
  • This fund replaces the Safer Suffolk Fund. If you have an active grant, you are not eligible to apply to this new fund until your existing grant has expired and been successfully reported on.
  • Operational overheads can only be included where they form an integral part of the project delivery costs. Reclaiming general, management and staffing overheads will not be accepted.


Making an application

Before applying, please refer to the full Police and Crime Plan for Suffolk 2017 – 2021 which details further information on the priority areas: Suffolk PCC – Police and Crime Plan, however as an overview the following information will support you in making an application: 

It is recognised that VCS organisations play a significant role in reducing crime and disorder, and in supporting victims.  Therefore, the fund is looking for strong applications from organisations that are providing support in partnership/collaboration, where links can also be made with the key areas of focus in the Police and Crime Plan:

  • Vulnerable people – who are or could be a target for crime.
  • Victims of crime – helping people cope with the immediate impact of the crime and recover from the harm caused – especially where partnerships are formed to support victims.
  • Hidden harm – supporting those who are or could become a target for crime, cyber-crime, human trafficking, child sexual abuse.
  • Substance misuse – working with those who have drug and alcohol issues.
  • Preventing reoffending – working with those who offend to reduce re-offending.
  • Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour – towards reducing anti-social behaviour.


In addition they should identify how they meet one of these key themes:

  • Volunteering and Rural Communities (where the population is less than 10,000 IMD index, or an isolated community/ward where the Social Mobility Index is low)
  • Hate Crime
  • Business Crime and the local economy
  • Substance Misuse
  • Human trafficking, female genital mutilation, modern day slavery, honour-based violence, hate crime and other offences committed out of sight, online, etc.


And demonstrate:

  • Working in partnership/collaboration.
  • Working with hard to reach groups.
  • Filling gaps in services.


Interventions that are free at point of delivery for victims of crime, are more likely to be successful.

All successful applicants will be required to send in a press release prior to release of funding – this will be passed to the PCC’s office for comment and returned for distribution.  In addition, wherever possible, visits are requested to successful grant recipients.


Outcomes and monitoring

All funding supported must show three clear measurable outcomes which will have to be reported on at the end of the grant funding.

If you are unsure how to describe what the outcomes of your project or intervention will be, as a general rule, think of the phrase ‘as a result of …’ and describe what will be qualitatively or quantitively different as a direct result of your inputs.

Please note: the outcomes need to be aligned to the Police and Crime Plan.

A full end-of-grant monitoring report will be expected at the end of the intervention. This will need to include benchmarking of the beneficiaries at the beginning and end of the service, i.e. how were they referred to the service, what crimes had been committed etc.

Wherever possible, visits to funded organisations will take place and, therefore, please ensure, if successful, that you keep Suffolk Community Foundation up to date with opportunities, with as much notice as possible.


What next?

If you feel that your proposal addresses the criteria of the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner’s Fund and plan, please complete a grant application form.  If you need support, please call a member of the Grants Team on 01473 602602.


What we will not fund?

This fund will not fund applications for CCTV.

Please see our general exclusions here.


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