OPFCC funding for crime reduction initiatives

The Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has allocated funding for community safety projects across three main on-going funding programmes. In addition the Staffordshire Commissioner also offers funding for 'Space', a scheme which runs every summer to provide fun activities for children and young people. Find out more below:

Space

Since 2015, the Staffordshire Commissioner has provided funding for the Space programme which offers free, positive diversionary activities for young people during the school summer holidays. It aims to reduce levels of anti-social behaviour reported to Staffordshire Police, promote personal health, social development and team building and provide new experiences for young people in the county. The scheme is co-ordinated and managed in Lichfield District by us on behalf of the Lichfield District Community Safety Partnership. In 2019, Lichfield District Community Safety Partnership secured £21,015 which was shared between 6 providers to deliver a range of activities over the summer. The projects provided activities including sport, wildlife activities, crafts, and fun days benefitting around 3,500 children and young people from across the district.

Space 2020

Lichfield District Council, as the lead agency for the Lichfield Safer Community Partnership, wishes to ask for expressions of interest from groups and organisations that can offer diversionary activities for young people between July 2020 and September 2020. Applications which are successful at this stage will be included in Lichfield Community Safety Partnership’s bid for SPACE 2020 which is determined by the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

Space 2020 delivery runs at the same time as the Tokyo Olympics. There is evidence that participation in sports and other activities increases during sporting events such as the Olympics and World Cups. 

This give a great opportunity for Space 2020 to mark the occasion with Olympics themed activities/events. Providers making expressions of interest would be encouraged where possible to propose activities that can incorporate Olympic themed events and if possible focus young people on keeping active and healthy in the lead up to the Summer Space activities, for example involving schools in promoting and hosting events.

If you would like to be considered for inclusion in Lichfield’s SPACE 2020 scheme, please complete an application form and return it to [email protected] by 5pm on 20 January 2020. Further details are included in the guidance notes and on the Staffordshire Space website https://staffordshirespace.uk/

Proceeds of Crime Fund

The commissioner’s Proceeds of Crime Fund offers grants of between £3,000 and £15,000 for projects which support local community safety partnership activity. The funding pot is made up of money seized from criminals as Staffordshire Police continue to strip offenders of their assets.

The fund is allocated in two rounds each year. The funding deadlines have passed for 2019 but you can visit the Staffordshire Commissioner's website to find out about the most recently funded projects.

People Power Fund 

The commissioner's People Power Fund sets out to empower local communities to find solutions to community safety problems in their area through small grants of between £100 and £3,000. 

The fund is allocated in two rounds each year. The funding deadlines have passed for 2019 but you can visit the Staffordshire Commissioner's website to find out about the most recently funded projects.

Locality Deal Fund

The commissioner’s Locality Deal Fund allocates money to local areas through working in partnership with local district and borough councils. In Lichfield, the Locality Deal funding is managed and administered by the community safety partnership. Currently, the funding is used to support a range of projects targeted around our community safety priorities of:

  • domestic abuse
  • anti-social behaviour
  • child sexual exploitation

with cross-cutting themes of:

  • alcohol abuse
  • mental health
  • public re-assurance