Safer Dorset Fund - Community Grant

The Safer Dorset Fund Community Grant has been established as a funding source for voluntary and community sector organisations to deliver projects that meet one or more of the Police & Crime Plan priorities.

Safer Dorset Fund - Community Grant

Grants of between £100 and £3,000 are available, and applicants must evidence how they will contribute to making Dorset a safer place and increase public reassurance. While we will consider existing projects, the main priority of the Community Grant is to provide funding to enable innovative projects to get started or to ‘pilot’ initiatives that make a positive difference to Dorset’s communities.

Who can apply?

Applications from community groups and voluntary organisations are welcomed.

Community Interest Companies (CICs) are welcome to apply for the grant; however they must be a 'limited by guarantee' company and must also ensure that any funding received is ring-fenced so that it does not form a part of any profits that may be shared to replace members and/or directors of the CIC.

Organisations that have previously been in receipt of Safer Dorset Funds may submit an application for Community Grant funding, provided the new application is unrelated to any previous PCC-funded project.

How much funding can you apply for?

Applications from £100 up to a maximum of £3,000 will be considered.

Funding Criteria

Decision making regarding all Community Grant applications will adhere to the following four principles:

Prioritisation: Initiatives must support one or more of the themes within the Police & Crime Plan 2017-2021

Innovation: Projects employing different approaches and proposing innovative solutions to address identified gaps or unmet needs, will take precedence over existing initiatives.

Working differently: Priority will be given to applications from consortia of providers or partnerships between VCSE sector and private / public sector partners. Projects involving co-production with other agencies and/or with users of the service, will also be prioritised.

Sustainability: Priority will be given to initiatives that have clear exit plans for sustainability, whether through self-funding or other strategies, such as mainstream continuation of delivery, where appropriate.

What can’t be funded?

  • Projects that do not contribute to the Police & Crime Plan 2017-2021
  • Ongoing staff costs (including salaries of permanent or fixed term staff.)
  • Expenditure for an item or service that has already been ordered or paid for
  • Anything that has already been funded from a different source
  • Items or services that will only benefit an individual
  • Loan repayments, topping up of accounts or transferring money to another group
  • Fundraising activities for your organisation or others
  • Used vehicles/routine repairs and maintenance
  • Speed Indication Devices (SIDs) or Community Speedwatch kits

How will applications be assessed?

Your application will undergo an initial review to ensure that it meets the criteria. All applications that pass the initial review will then be considered by a panel of senior officers within the OPCC, before being presented to the PCC for a final decision. 

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