PCC Grants scheme – Current schemes
The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner’s grants scheme was first introduced in 2013 and since then has served to support West Mercia’s communities. The open schemes are detailed below.
COVID-19 funding for domestic abuse and sexual violence support services
On 2nd May 2020 the Government announced a national package of £76m extra funding to support victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, vulnerable children and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. £20m will be administered by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) through Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across England and Wales.
The funding will be ring-fenced for COVID-19 related emergency funding, and then ring-fenced again for spend on each of the three areas of need listed below. Funds allocated for the three different types of services cannot be moved between pots. These funds will be distributed by PCCs and West Mercia has been allocated the following:
|National allocation||West Mercia allocation|
|Domestic abuse services that are already commissioned by PCCs||£10m||£217,000|
|Sexual violence services that are already commissioned by PCCs and those that are not currently funded by PCCs||£5m||£108,500|
|Domestic abuse services that are not currently commissioned by PCCs||£5m||£108,500|
The £434,000 allocated to West Mercia is subject to a bidding process which is now open to services who meet criteria set out in the guidance on the .Gov website
The PCC encourages funding from small specialist organisations that support groups with protected characteristics (BAME, LGBT, disabled victims) and bids are invited from services which are and are not currently commissioned by the PCC.
For more information, guidance and application forms please visit the documents section of the .Gov website via the link below.
The closing date for bids to the PCC is 5pm on Monday 1st June 2020. Bids need to be submitted to both the following email addresses:
Bids will be evaluated against the criteria set out in the documents on the .Gov website.
“I am committed to improving road safety, which is why I am pleased to be opening the new ‘Safer Roads’ fund to address this very important issue. Too many people are dying or being seriously injured on our roads, so it is right that we look for more ways to prevent this together. Whilst I acknowledge the extensive work West Mercia Police do around enforcement and raising awareness to change driver attitude, road safety will continue to be a high priority for me and I will continue to ensure there are ways for everyone to work together to keep road users safe.” PCC John Campion”
Safer Roads Fund (SRF – LPCAF)
The PCC wants to ensure that local Community Ambassadors (CA) and Local Policing Commanders have access to resources to support local road safety initiatives contributing towards the delivery of the Safer West Mercia Plan. A £20k fund is available to each local policing area (LPA) from the 1st April 2020 to the 31st March 2021 for localised road safety projects. To find out more please contact your local ambassador or read the policy and procedure and complete the application form.
For a summary of the existing provision delivered by public sector, click here
We Don’t Buy Crime – Leading from the Front
“As part of my commitment to building a safer West Mercia, I would like to work with councillor’s across the four local authorities to help prevent burglary. ” PCC John Campion
The ‘We Don’t Buy Crime’ project has been designed to reduce acquisitive crime. Crime deterrent ‘Smartwater’ is part of this offer. The PCC is committed to providing the following:
- 25 % of the total cost of the required Smartwater kits for the chosen area
- A reduced rate for purchasing the property marking kits
- 100% of the signage cost
- A dedicated PCC post to co-ordinate the project and be the first point of contact
- Police volunteer support (when necessary)
If you are a councillor and are seeking a further opportunity to build partnerships with community groups, parish councils and engage with residents in your constituency, please read the project brief, policy and procedure and WDBC terms and conditions. For an application please submit the appropriate form and financial application sheet. Any enquiries/bid submissions can be made to Grants@westmercia.pnn.police.uk
Local Policing and Community Ambassadors Fund (LPCAF)
” I want to ensure that local community ambassadors and divisional commanders have access to resources to support initiatives contributing towards the delivery of my Safer West Mercia Plan.” PCC John Campion
This fund is open from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021. The Community Ambassadors and Local Superintendents have a small amount of grant funding for community projects. To find out more please contact your local ambassador or read the policy and procedure, terms and conditions and complete the application form.
Coronavirus Relief Fund
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the PCC has introduced a dedicated fund available to local Parish Council community groups who have enlisted volunteers to provide assistance to vulnerable people in their area. The fund is open until 30th June 2020.
The following terms and conditions apply to all grant applications if a specific document is not provided in the application packages above.
For details of previous closed grant rounds click here.