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Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner - Innovation Fund

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Grants are available to public, private and third sector groups for innovative projects that pilot new ways of working with at-risk groups, in order to reduce offending and re-offending and address the issues of domestic and sexual violence in Cumbria.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Office of the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Maximum value:

£ 100,000

Application deadline:

None specified


The Innovation Fund is provided by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria to support innovative projects that pilot new ways of working with at risk groups.

Objectives of Fund

The Innovation Fund supports at-risk groups and aims to reduce re-offending by providing wider public, private and third sector partners with the opportunity to work with the PCC.

The fund addresses a number of key areas:

  • Anti-social behaviour.

  • Alcohol related crime.

  • Youth justice.

  • Veterans.

  • Rural crime.

  • Domestic violence.

  • Sexual violence.

Value Notes

Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available.

Applications are awarded annually; however, multi-year funding may be considered up to three years.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match-funding is not essential but preferred. This can include in-kind volunteering time, donations and own cash contributions.

Who Can Apply

Local voluntary and community groups, third sector organisations, and charitable public and private sector organisations can apply.

Priority will be given to groups that engage volunteers, work with other partners and aim to be self‐financing and sustainable beyond the short term.

Groups must demonstrate that their idea is new to Cumbria, or is a collaborative partnership involving one or more organisations.




Funding is not available for:

  • Influencing Parliament, Government or political parties.

  • Attempting to influence the awarding or renewal of contracts and grants, or attempting to influence legislative or regulatory action.

  • Payments for activities which the recipient has already received or claimed funding from another funder.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for initiatives that can demonstrate a positive and measurable impact in assisting the police and local communities.

The fund is targeted at supporting new initiatives to pilot new ways of working with at risk groups to reduce offending and re-offending including anti-social behaviour and to address the issues of domestic and sexual violence.

Projects that include the application of nationally tested initiatives to the Cumbria locality will be considered, but the project will need to demonstrate that the proposed service or intervention is not currently available.

Administration and management costs are eligible as long as they are proportionate to the value of the grant.

How To Apply

Information on future funding rounds will be provided when it becomes available.

There is a two-stage application process which is expected to last between two and four months:

  • Initial submission will be reviewed by officers of the OPCC.

  • Meeting with the panel to talk through the project.

Guidance notes and an application pack can be downloaded from the PCC's website.

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Office of the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner
    1-2 Carleton Hall
    CA10 2AU
    Tel: 01768 217734
    Email: [email protected]

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