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The Helping Communities Fund (HCF) has been relaunched with £400,000 on offer. It is made up from money which has been seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and is used to allow communities to invest in their neighbourhoods to improve safety

This money, which changes each year dependent on seizures, cannot be spent on police officers.

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

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

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

Impact 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

The PCC is looking for innovative and exciting projects, so once you are confident your project meets the criteria, don’t hesitate to contact your NPU, and make a start on an application. 

You can read about similar projects we have supported through this funding on our news page these include;

Wolverhampton Wrestling Club, who were funded to run community sessions and open their doors to all members of the community who may need support, focusing on wellbeing, confidence and employment.

Birmingham Urban Rhythm Network, supported young people throughout lockdown with different sessions including Music, Dance, Gaming and Fitness.

And Fridays Coventry, who recently were awarded a National Crime Beat Award for their crime prevention work which includes activities to keep vulnerable individuals off the streets and engaged in positive activities.

[If you have an exciting project idea, but it doesn’t quite fit within the remit of this fund, please contact us at where we will be happy to provide advice and guidance on any alternative available funding streams]

Important Dates:

This round of funding officially opens on Wednesday May 11th 2022

Your bid must be submitted to your NPU contact by noon on Wednesday 1st June 2022

Decisions will be made by community panels  from W/C 20th June 2022

Application Documents


Data Protection

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 – NPU Contact Details









  • If successful at the panel, you will be notified by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office where some finance checks and final approval will happen.  The appropriate NPU will notify all those who are unsuccessful at this stage, providing feedback on their bids.
  • Once confirmed and approved, this is when you will be asked to sign and return a Grant Conditions form, provide a copy of the organisation’s bank statement and must complete all provider set up forms before any payments to 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.  

General Enquiries

For general enquiries you can contact the Police & Crime Commissioners Office at