Community Safety Fund Grant Criteria and Process


The Police and Crime Commissioner has an important role to play in preventing and reducing crime but he will not be able to achieve all of his objectives working in isolation. The Police and Crime Commissioner will need to work with a broad range of organisations from the community safety and criminal justice sectors to voluntary and community groups, who will have a shared interest in delivering positive outcomes and improved services for Surrey residents.

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 allows the Police and Crime Commissioner to award grants to any organisation or body they consider will contribute to improving community safety in their police force area.

For 2021/22 £538,000.00 has been allocated by the PCC to support local groups work with the Police and Crime Commissioner to reduce crime and disorder.

How to Apply

Applications for funding local projects should be submitted to the Police and Crime Commissioner for consideration to:

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Surrey, PO Box 412, Guildford, Surrey, GU31YJ

Or by email to

The application form can be downloaded from the Surrey OPCC website and electronic signatures are acceptable.

There are two ways to apply for funding from the Community Safety Fund:

Small Grants

Organisations seeking funding of £5,000 or less can apply online through the Funding Hub. These small grants are processed using a more streamlined version of the standard application procedure. This is intended to speed up the process and give organisations a quicker decision.

Small Grant applications can be submitted at any point during the year and the form, once submitted is sent to the pccfunding email address. Once received the application is checked against the criteria below, scored and a recommendation made to the PCC. Once the decision is made the applicant will be informed. The process is completed within 14 working days.

Standard Applications

Standard Applications are for organisations seeking funding in excess of £5,000. Organisations seeking funding for over £5,000 can now also apply online .

Applications for funding will be first considered by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office to ensure they meet the criteria and all relevant information has been made available.

Once complete, the applications will be considered by a virtual panel of experts. The experts are chosen because of their knowledge of the subject area and impartiality. The panel will be asked to consider the information supplied by the applicant and how well the project meets the criteria.

The feedback and recommendations made by the panel will be submitted to the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Chief Executive of the OPCC and a Senior Policy Officer for consideration and decision. It is possible the Commissioner may want to meet with organisations to discuss the bid further.

Successful bids will be processed and all grants will come with terms of agreement to ensure both sides understand the agreed outcomes. Successful bids will be required to provide evidence of spend and the outcomes/impacts of the service at agreed points in the year.

In the Standard Application process the Panel will aim to meet once a quarter to consider those applications received.


As well as clearly outlining the project, providing how the funding will be spent the application should clearly demonstrate how it will aid the Police and Crime Commissioner in meeting their priorities as set out in their Police and Crime Plan. The headline priorities are:

Tackling Crime and Keeping People Safe

I will hold Surrey Police to account for preventing and solving more crimes, identifying and tackling their root causes, and pursuing offenders to keep Surrey safe.

 Building Confident Communities

I want to bring Surrey’s communities together to work with the public and other public services to solve issues that damage local areas or make people feel unsafe

Supporting Victims

When people are victims of crime, they need quality and timely support to help repair the harm done and rebuild lives

Preventing Harm

Together with police and partners I will identify and support vulnerable people in Surrey to reduce harm, and work with those who re-offend to break the cycle of crime

Making Every Pound Count

I will fight for fair funding for Surrey Police and target resources at the front line

A Force fit for the Future

I will work with the Chief Constable to ensure that Surrey Police is well placed and properly equipped to meet the challenges of the future

The grants must also fit in with the key criteria as dictated by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act. The criteria is as follows –

  • reduction of crime and disorder (including anti-social and other behaviour adversely affecting the local environment),
  • combating the misuse of drugs, alcohol and other substances, and
  • reduction of re-offending

Grants should also show –

  • clear timescales
  • a baseline position and intended outcomes (with measures)
  • what additional resources (people or money) are available from partners to complement any awarded resources by the PCC
  • a partnership approach/commitment to working in partnership to deliver intended outcomes
  • indicate if this is a one off project or not. If the bid looks for pump priming the bid should show how funding will be sustained beyond the initial funding period
  • be consistent with the best practice principles of the Surrey Compact (where working with Voluntary, Community and Faith groups)
  • Clear performance management processes

Organisations applying for grant funding should also provide:

  • Copies of any relevant data protection policies
  • Copies of any relevant safeguarding policies
  • Copies of Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks if working with children and/or vulnerable adults
  • A copy of the organisation’s most recent financial accounts or annual report

Monitoring and Evaluation

Successful bidders will be asked to produce reports throughout the year and an end of year report showing the success of the project, how they have worked with the community and how the money has been spent. The report should include –

  • how the money was spent and on what
  • the impacts / outcomes of the project with evidence
  • any Community Engagement through the project and ongoing, if applicable
  • evidence of spend (statement of accounts) and information if there are any remaining balances including how this money will be repaid
  • As funding is public money, successful applicants may be asked to provide additional information for audit purposes
  • Where possible the Police and Crime Commissioner or member of his staff will visit the project to see it is action.

Deadlines for Applications

Funding rounds for the Standard Applications in the financial year of 2021/22 will be held quarterly. Submission deadlines and approval panel dates can be found on the Surrey OPCC website