In Grant Funds

We are inviting applications to the Community Safety Fund. The purpose of the fund is to address one or more of the ‘Safer Communities’ priorities across our county. See link below for more information on the Safer Buckinghamshire Plan.

How much can we apply for?

Grants are available up to £15,000

Eligibility Criteria
Outcomes from the project should tackle one (or more) of the following ‘Safer Buckinghamshire Plan’ priorities:

  • Protecting vulnerable adults and children – working with them to reduce their chances of experiencing or committing serious crime or being exploited or radicalised.
  • Addressing the impact of drugs, alcohol, or poor mental health – working to reduce levels of crime and harm linked to these factors.
  • Tackling violence against women and girls – focusing on early intervention and improving services for victims.
  • Dealing with offending – acting as early as possible to prevent first time offending, bringing offenders to justice, and working to stop reoffending.
  • Helping communities become more resilient – target support to those communities experiencing increasing levels of crime and anti-social behaviour.

Click here to read more about the Safer Buckinghamshire Plan, and the priorities.

Projects will also need to:

  • Explain what changes/benefits there will be
  • Demonstrate monitoring and evaluation processes are in place that demonstrate impact

Who can apply?

Registered charities, community groups, social enterprises, community Interest companies (limited by guarantee) or other not for profit organisations which are based in or operate for the benefit of residents in the area administered by Buckinghamshire Council.  This includes parish & town councils and school-affiliated groups (e.g. school student councils, Parents or Friends Associations). The groups must be formally constituted and operate for public benefit.

What we can fund

  • Capital expenditure – such as equipment, building modifications
  • Project costs associated with new, or the enhancement of existing, initiatives
  • Core costs and overheads associated with the delivery of the funded projects’ outcomes.

What we can’t fund

  • Overseas travel
  • Activities promoting a particular religious or political belief
  • Projects which are already completed
  • Individuals
  • Statutory bodies (excluding parish/town councils)
  • Profit-making organisations
  • Organisations whose principal concern is animal welfare
  • Activity which is a statutory responsibility of a public body.

We are also unable to fund any projects that are linked to public realm CCTV installation, monitoring, or maintenance. Buckinghamshire Council is currently reviewing the local policies and procedures for public realm CCTV and projects covering this type of work will be excluded from assessing this fund.

Workshop

There will be an online workshop on Thursday 14th July 2022 at 2pm, available to anyone interested in applying. This workshop will be hosted by a member of the Heart of Bucks grants team and staff from the Community Safety Team at Buckinghamshire Council. It will provide a background to the fund, an explanation of the criteria and application process, as well as tips for submitting a good application. To book your place, please register here.

How to apply

Please complete this application by midday on Wednesday 3rd August.  Future funding rounds may be held subject to availability of funds.