The Safer Communities Fund has been established to encourage local residents and our communities to get involved in the prevention and reduction of crime and to allow community groups to bid for monies to help create safer communities across Cheshire.

This year the Commissioner has redirected part of his commissioning budget to increase the total fund for 2018/19. 

The funding will be spilt into 4 equal pots of £25,000 which will be available submit bids to in May, July, October and January, prior to decisions being made at the end of each quarter.

In order to facilitate a reasonable distribution of the Fund, applications will continue to be limited to a maximum of £5,000. There is no minimum level of funding.

Applications must support crime prevention or reduction or the objectives within the Police and Crime Plan, must be located within Cheshire and must focus on local needs. This could include, but is not limited to, projects that will:
• Support victims
• Protect vulnerable people
• Tackle anti-social behaviour and drugs
• Improve road safety
• Promote a safe night time economy

For the 2018/19 fund, applications must also show how groups have worked with their local PCSO and local policing unit to develop the project and bids.

For more information about the fund and how to apply please see below or access our frequently asked questions section.

Please note, the latest round of applications closed on Thursday 31 May 2018. Please check back to this page for further details on when the next round of applications will open.

“My Safer Communities Fund has already benefited a vast array of projects across Cheshire that work tirelessly to make their communities safer places to live.

“Last year, I was able to fund 15 projects which will make a real difference and will help to reduce crime and promote safety messages to their communities. I’m pleased to be able to commit even more of my budget to this year’s fund.

“The fund is about empowering local people, giving support to local projects and making our local communities safer. Local people understand their area better than anyone else and can make significant contributions to build safer, more secure communities on behalf of the public."