The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire is pleased to open his Action Fund programme for 2022-23. Please see the 'apply' section below for further information.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support community and voluntary initiatives which will reduce crime and make Hertfordshire a safer place to live by helping to deliver the aims of the Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan for Hertfordshire (2019 – 2024).
The fund, which comes from the proceeds of crime, empowers local groups to find solutions to community safety problems.
The Commissioner is keen to work with and fund a range of organisations from the community who have a shared interest in delivering positive outcomes and improved services for residents.
Who can Apply?
The fund is open to voluntary and community groups, charitable and not-for-profit organisations, Community Safety Partnerships and Parish, Town and District Councils.
The Commissioner particularly wants to support innovative projects which have sprung from local collaborations and partnerships and can make a lasting difference to communities in terms of safety.
Your project will help to continue deliver the aims of the Commissioner’s Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan for Hertfordshire (2017-2022) which sets out the priorities for ‘Everyone’s Business’.
What can we Fund?
The fund is for projects rather than sole running costs.
Proposals can cover a range of activities lasting up to a year.
These can include but are not limited to practical work, research projects, awareness raising or training.
We can also fund equipment and materials.
When to Apply?
The fund is now open for 2022/23. The next deadline is 2nd August 2022.
One of the priorities of the Commissioner’s plan is that crime does not pay.
The fund is made up from money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA).
This is a piece of legislation created to tackle organised crime, giving police officers the power to seize cash and recover assets such as cars and houses bought by criminals through the proceeds of their crimes.
POCA strikes directly at the main motive for crime, deterring offenders, disrupting organised crime, and shows the public that crime doesn't pay.
The money recovered and made through the sale of the criminal's assets can then be put back into community projects and helps to fund further investigations.