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Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner - Property Fund

15 July 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants are available to local voluntary and community groups, schools, and parish councils for projects that support the Cumbria Police and Crime Plan and make a difference to their local communities.

Fund Information

Funding body:
Office of the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner
Maximum value:
£ 2,500
Application deadline:


The Police and Crime Commissioner has power to distribute funds accumulated in the Police Property Fund as a result of the disposal of property coming into the possession of the police by the Police (Property) Act 1897 and The Powers of Criminal Courts Act 1973.

Objectives of Fund

The Property Fund is provided and administered by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria.

The funding is intended to support local community groups, schools and parish councils to deliver a positive change in their community, in a way that benefits residents and also supports the objectives of the Police and Crime Plan.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £2,500 are available.

Match Funding Restrictions

Where the total fund exceeds the amount of funding available, evidence of match funding must be included in the application.

Who Can Apply

Local voluntary and community groups, parish councils, watch groups and schools can apply. National charities will only be considered if their project benefits the local area.

Applicants must:

  • Be based and operate solely within Cumbria.
  • Apply for a specific project, not a contribution to a general fund or running cost.
  • Not have received a Property Fund grant from the PCC within the last 12 months.
  • Promote equality of opportunity and good relations within the community and make reasonable adjustments to any barriers that may prevent protected groups from using and/or accessing services.
  • Have a bank account.

Previous Success

Previously funded organisations include:

  • Dalton Community Association.
  • Maryport Model Club.
  • Team North Cumbria.
  • Cumbria Football Academy.
  • Carlisle YMCA.
  • Dalton Town Council.
  • Longtown Community Centre - Youth Project.


Funding is not available for:

  • Commercially run activities.
  • Projects run for the sole benefit of one individual.
  • Politically based activities.
  • Events or activities for which the principle aim is to fundraise for other organisations.
  • Marketing costs for existing or planned activities.
  • Travel costs.
  • The development or refurbishment of buildings.
  • Activities which form a statutory function of an applicant.
  • Speed Indication Devices and lasers.
  • CCTV.
  • Staffing costs.
  • Recurring expenditure.
  • Organisations which have received a Property Fund grant within the last 12 months.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is intended for projects that address the objectives of the Police and Crime Plan, which includes:

  • Anti-social behaviour, including alcohol related offending
  • Youth justice
  • Rural crime
  • Domestic abuse
  • Sexual violence
  • Support for victims
  • Preventing re-offending
  • Hate crime including hate, disability, sexual orientation, race, transgender, and religion
  • Cyber crime

To be eligible, projects must meet the following objectives:

  • Provide early intervention and prevention schemes to reduce incidents of offending and reoffending.
  • Help to prevent crime and antisocial behaviour in the local community.
  • Provide support to victims of crime to cope and recover.
  • Create opportunities for children and young people to get involved in extra-curricular activities.
  • Improve support for vulnerable people to help them feel safer.
  • Bring together parts of the community that find it difficult to talk or to access each other.



How To Apply

The deadline to apply is 10 September 2021 (5pm).

Applications are normally considered on a quarterly basis.

Guidance notes can be downloaded from the PCC's website.

To apply, groups should contact either a member of their local Community Policing Team, a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or a member of Police staff for an application form.

Contact the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner for further information.

Useful documents & links

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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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