Crime Prevention Fund

Eligibility criteria

To be awarded capital funding, projects and the organisations proposing them must meet the fund’s eligibility criteria. Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will be rejected.

Assess the following criteria carefully before applying. Contact us if you are unsure whether your project would be eligible.

The project must contribute to reducing -

  • crime
  • anti-social behaviour 
  • and improving community safety

Projects must be completed within 12 months from the date of the formal offer letter of any grant. Grant funds must be applied to their specific purpose. Any unspent funds are to be returned if not the purpose is not completed within that period.

Funded organisations must have formal governance documents in place. For example, a constitution with a management team board of trustees of at least 3 people. They must not be related. Funded organisations are anticipated to be but not limited to -

  • not for profit organisations such as -
    • charities
    • social enterprises
    • community groups
  • neighbourhood watch groups
  • residents' associations

Non-constituted applicants are invited to discuss project proposals with the relevant Neighbourhood Co-ordinator. This happens before completing an application form.

The organisation must have a bank account in its own name that needs at least 2 signatories who are not related. The Fund cannot support individuals or informal groups of individuals. It cannot pay grants into personal bank accounts.

Whilst new organisations can apply to the fund, extra safeguards are likely to be needed. This is to protect public funds.

Applicants must have insurance cover in place for the project, if relevant. For example, public liability cover.

For projects working with children or vulnerable people, a safeguarding policy must be in place.

The amount of funding requested, and the project size, must fall within one of these funding groups -

  • small grants £500 to £5,000. The anticipated allocation is £50,000
  • medium grants £5,001 to £15,000. The anticipated allocation is £100,000
  • large grants above £15,000 to £25,000. The anticipated allocation is £100,000

People can apply to have a 'match funding' contribution equal to at least 10% of the value of the project. Or it can be 30% where the match funding is given by an Area Committee of the council. This may be such as Ward Budgets Allocation. It should be a direct contribution of money to the project’s costs and a similar contribution. For example -

  • staff or volunteer time
  • use of facilities where the purpose of the grant is not to improve facilities

A lower contribution will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Applicants need to provide a breakdown of the grant and match funding. This is as well as details of the project costs.

The Committee needs to identify the priority in which it requests that bids be determined. This is where more than one bid is submitted on behalf of or match funded by a Council Area Committee.

Grant funding will be paid when in receipt of a signed Funding Agreement. The grant can only be used for the purposes as outlined in the application form.

Any projects that involve improvements to buildings must include details of how their use will be sustained. This goes beyond the grant investment. If relevant, you need permission from the building’s owner. Any relevant planning and building control permissions and consents for the proposed works and written permission must be provided.

The project must acknowledge in their materials the funding provided by us.

Successful applicants must provide monitoring and progress information upon completion of the project.

Ineligible projects and expenditure

The following types of projects and expenditure are not eligible for support -

  • general appeals and sponsorships. A clearly defined capital project outline must be provided
  • ongoing year-on-year revenue costs associated with the project. The Crime Prevention Fund cannot fund -
    • staff salaries
    • fees
    • overheads. For example, a telephone or stationery
    • travel
    • publicity
    • room hire
  • projects expected to take more than 12 months to complete
  • projects taking place outside the city of Hull
  • academic research and educational bursaries
  • projects that only benefit one individual or family
  • projects that promote a political party or religion
  • multiple applications which split projects. They do this to get around the maximum funding levels
  • projects that are already fully funded by other means
  • projects that have already started or been completed
  • projects with a funding gap remaining after this grant
  • rent and hire of the organisation’s own facilities or equipment
  • projects that unnecessarily duplicate activity already funded by -
    • the Office of the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)
    • us
    • other funders
  • projects seeking to establish grant or loan funds for onward distribution
  • interest payments or repayment of existing debts
  • commercial ventures established with the purpose of generating a financial return
  • projects seeking to exclude or negatively affect a group of people because of their -
    • age
    • gender
    • sexual orientation
    • ethnicity
    • religion
  • activities which are part of a statutory requirement
  • food and beverages
  • activities intended to influence -
    • parliament
    • government
    • political parties. Attempts to influence the awarding or renewal of contracts and grants. Or those attempting to influence legislative or regulatory action


All submitted bids are reviewed by officers of the council. They will prepare a summary of all applications for consideration by the CPF Panel. The officers will then provide comments and recommendations to the Panel. Recommendations will highlight eligible and ineligible bids. The bids will be considered approximately 6 weeks after the closing deadline for each round of funding.

Decisions of the CPF Panel will be notified to applicants in writing. It will happen following the Panel meeting. When the CPF Panel wants more information, officers will contact the person on the CPF Panels behalf to find out more. This is before the application is sent to the CPF Panel again. This is unless there is a different authority mentioned on the application.

Grant conditions

To accept an offer of a grant, you need to agree to our grant conditions. They will be stipulated in the grant offer letter if the project is successful.

The project should include an acknowledgment stamp in relation to the funding.

Made possible with grant funding from Hull City Council.

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