FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Full information about the funds is available on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website on the Safer Communities Fund page.
Still got a question about the Commissioner’s Fund? Our FAQs below could provide the answer.
If you have a different query, please contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire by email at [email protected] or call 01606 364000.
Please keep an eye on this page. We will update these FAQs as the process continues to stay up-to-date with the questions you are asking.
The Commissioner considers applications on a regular basis. To ensure that your application can be considered for the 2016/17 fund we recommend that it is received in the OPCC no later than 7th March 2017.
You will usually learn if your application has been successful within 8 weeks.
Our organisation received funds from the previous Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund, can I still apply?
Yes, please be aware however that the funds have different objectives and a successful application to one is not a guarantee of a successful application to the other.
Yes, however their application must not have any similarities to the consortium application.
Yes, as long as your organisation delivers services in Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton or Warrington for Cheshire communities.
Can housing associations apply as they are not listed as a statutory organisation and similarly are not a commercial enterprise either?
Housing associations can support their local groups, e.g. tenants and residents associations, youth groups, etc to make an application, but they cannot apply in their own right unless they have charitable status or are community interest company.
Capital expenditure for items such as CCTV, security fences or grills, walkie-talkie style radios, etc. are excluded from these funds.
Expenditure for equipment that enables the project or activity to take place, such as laptops and mobile phones, may be considered if you are able to demonstrate how the equipment will have a positive impact on the project and/or why the project would become unviable without it.
Unfortunately there is no simple answer to this. The quick answer is – it depends! It is important that all the funding from the Commissioner is used to deliver the project, and it should not be used for back office functions or staff. Therefore, an application to fund staff who are working with the project beneficiaries, or staff who are supporting volunteers, is acceptable. Volunteer expenses and DBS checks are also acceptable, as long as this is an integral part of project delivery.
Applications for the Safer Communities Fund are welcome throughout the year.
We will review all applications and notify applicants of the Commissioner’s decision as soon as possible.
We would prefer you to have some match funding – either cash or in kind. However, we know funding can be difficult for voluntary or community groups to raise so we will not rule out your application if you do not have any. Potential sources of match funding include your own funds (cash), funding from partner organisations, other grants, sponsorship and non-cash (in kind) contributions that help to reduce the grant request.
Your project costs must include all costs that your project will incur. This allows us to ensure that the total project cost is realistic and fits within our project criteria as being eligible.
If you have requested funding from other sources we will need to have this evidenced, this can be in the form of a letter on headed paper or an email with the companies email details.
No. Any fees associated with writing the application are ineligible.
The Commissioner considers every application personally. The Police and Crime Commissioner’s decision is final.
No. We realise that everyone works very hard on their applications, but due to the high amount of submissions we expect to receive we cannot provide individual feedback. A summary of key non-specific reasons why bids have failed will be provided on our website once the final decisions have been made.
No. The Police and Crime Commissioner’s decision is final. You are however welcome to apply again when the funds re-open later in the year.