The Home Office has announced a new grant fund to encourage creative new approaches to tackling crime – the Community action against crime: innovation fund.
Apply for funding now
The application process is now open, and bids for this year are invited until 1 December 2011.
- Please apply using the forms and guidance on the on the Community Development Foundation website
- See the forms and guidance in English and Welsh, and send your completed forms to email@example.com.
- You can also see a version of this webpage in Welsh - Gweithredu cymunedol yn erbyn troseddu: cronfa arloesi
Applying for small and large grants
Please note that there are separate application forms and guidance notes for bids of small grants - £1,000-£15,000 and for large grants - £15,000 to £50,000. Please ensure that you use the correct application form.
Worth £5 million in 2011/12, with a further £5 million set aside for 2012/13, the innovation fund will be used to encourage greater community activism, and to enable communities to develop innovative approaches to tackling the local crime issues that matter to them.
We are particularly keen for the fund to be made available to grass roots community activists who are not traditional recipients of government grants.
We also want the fund to encourage effective partnerships to get everybody working together to tackle crime. The fund will be used to encourage voluntary and community groups to work with their community safety partnership to tackle local crime problems, including through co-design and co-delivery of initiatives to cut crime.
We will also look to support projects that successfully get local businesses involved, whether through match-funding, or direct participation in the project itself.
To aid potential applicants, we have outlined the criteria that will be used to make funding decisions. All applications must show that they:
- are innovative
- deliver lasting benefit
- have involved local communities
- tackle crime issues that matter to the local community, with a particular focus on antisocial behaviour, crime in local neighbourhoods, substance misuse, re-offending, violence against women and girls, and youth crime
While we do not want to dictate how projects are delivered, we will award additional credit to applications that can demonstrate that they meet the following desirable criteria:
- partnership working between the voluntary and community sector, and the local community safety partnership, or one of its constituent statutory agencies
- partnership working between the voluntary and community sector and local private sector organisations. This could be through joint project working, or through match-funding (in cash, time, or goods and services provided without payment as a public service)
- local community involvement in the design or the delivery of the project
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