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September 2021 sees the return of the Active Citizens’ Fund (ACF) and with it the opportunity for community groups in the West Midlands to apply for grants up to the value of £5,000.

Important Dates:

  • This round of funding officially opens on 1 September 2021.
  • All bids to be submitted to the appropriate NPU (Nieghbourhood Policing Unit) by noon on Friday, 17 September 2021
  • Decisions will be made by local panels comprising local community representatives and West Midlands Police by 30 September 2021.

Should you apply?

The purpose of the ACF is to support local communities who are actively involved in projects which aim to make a positive difference to them and which make the West Midlands a safer place to live and/or work.  All funded projects must contribute to crime prevention/reduction or community safety in the local area. 

Through this funding, the Police & Crime Commissioner is encouraging active citizenship and a closer working relationship between members of the West Midlands communities and the West Midlands Police.

The Commissioner has provided each Neighbourhood Policing Unit (NPU) with a budget to help fund community projects that reflect his aims and the priorities of West Midlands Police and whilst priority will be given to projects within Impact Areas (see list below) this will not exclude other areas.

Impact Areas:

NPUImpact Areas
Birmingham East                             Bordesley Green, Erdington, Sparkhill / Sparkbrook
Birmingham WestBirmingham City Centre, Lozells, Three Estates (Northfield/Kings Norton)
CoventryHillfields, Wood End and Bell Green
DudleyBrierley Hill, Dudley Central
SandwellPrinces End, Smethwick, Soho & Victoria, West Bromwich Central
SolihullChelmsley Town, Smithswood
WalsallSt Matthews, Willenhall
WolverhamptonBilston, Whitmore Reans

As with all funding, there are various associated essential criteria.  Please refer to the *additional documents.

Data Protection Information

Bids will be considered by decision-making panels which will include members from local communities.  Please be aware that by submitting an application you are consenting to the information within the application being shared.

Pre-application support

Before completing an application form please contact the appropriate NPU Partnership team for guidance and advice.   Relevant initial contact email addresses are shown below –

For general enquiries you can also contact the Police & Crime Commissioner’s office –

 By phone:  (0121) 626 6060          By email:


  • If successful, you will be notified by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office.  The appropriate NPU will notify all those who are unsuccessful at this stage, providing feedback on their bids.
  • Successful organisations/groups will be asked to sign and return a Grant Conditions form and provide a copy of the organisation’s bank statement before any payment can be made.
  • Please note that all successful schemes/projects are monitored.  It is a condition of grant that recipients provide assessment reports and details of financial expenditure, including copies of all receipts, when requested.  Failure to do so may result in a request for the grant to be returned.  

Application Documents


First step

To discuss an application you will need to contact your local police partnership team. Please see relevant contact details below:

Alternatively, you can contact your local Neighbourhood Team by visiting / ‘Find Your Local Police’