The Staffordshire Police Community Funding Grants (SPCFG) scheme has been set up to allow local community groups and volunteer organisations across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent the opportunity to apply for funding.

Staffordshire Police are keen to support local community groups and voluntary organisations that align to our vision of ‘Working together to improve the safety and well-being of people, places and communities across Staffordshire’.

The aim of the scheme is to provide vital funding to those that may have been impacted due the Coronavirus pandemic.

Grants of between £200 and £3,000 have been made available from the Police (Property) Act 1897 and Police (Property) Act 1997, which is money that the force has received from the sale of recovered stolen goods or found property that cannot be returned to its rightful owner after strenuous effort. The money that will be given as grants is money that cannot be used by Staffordshire Police itself and therefore has been made available to support Staffordshire communities.

Any local community and voluntary organisations that provide vital support to the residents of Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. This does not have to be a registered charity and can include community groups such as Parent, Teachers, and Friends Associations (PTFAs), libraries, community venues, social clubs, community action groups and faith groups.

Your group or organisation should:

  • Operate within the Staffordshire Police force geographical area
  • Benefit the people and communities within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
  • Support our vision of ‘Working together to improve the safety and well-being of people, places and communities across Staffordshire’

Examples of groups or organisations we would fund:

  • Groups that rely upon donations and fundraising for income support but have been unable to do so due to the pandemic or have been unable to access government Covid support schemes. This may include religious groups, PTFA’s and groups such as the scouting movement. However, funding needs to be spent within Staffordshire
  • Amateur sports groups who as part of their activity work towards supporting a safer Staffordshire. This may be to provide new equipment, refurbish facilities or support outreach activities within the local community
  • Groups that aim to improve the physical environment. The pandemic has brought a lot of us closer to nature in our local area. In this space, we would consider grants for improving community spaces that bring benefit to the local community and are accessible to all. This may include memorials
  • Groups or projects that support diversity and inclusivity within our community. This may include support towards creating more accessible facilities within community spaces
  • Town and parish councils where match funding is required to attract in additional funding into the community from other sources
  • Projects that are aimed at supporting vulnerable members of the community
  • Projects that aim to provide activities and support to those who are vulnerable to criminality or falling into criminality

You can complete application form and return electronically to [email protected]

Applications close at 12pm on Friday 11 June.

Applications submitted after 12:00 on Friday 11 June 2021 will not be accepted. Only one application will be accepted per group/organisation and funding for ongoing maintenance will not be provided for in future funding schemes.

Applications are only accepted for projects within the Staffordshire Police force area.

If your application is from a national charity or organisation, you must show that they have carried out work within Staffordshire and that this funding will be ring-fenced for spending on residents within Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent.

By submitting an application, you are consenting for Staffordshire Police to publicise your group or organisation name and area of operation on our website and social media channels should you become successful. You are also consenting to follow up interviews after three months to see how the money has been spent and a further interview at six months when the project is complete.

Applications will be scored by an independent panel before where it will be decided whether funding will be granted.

Application criteria:

  • Your application must articulate how Covid-19 has impacted on your funding and why you are now in need of this funding
  • Your application needs to state how ‘charitable purpose’ applies to you
  • Clearly demonstrate what will be done with this funding and how this will positively impact the people and communities of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Other things to consider before applying:

  • You must only use the donation for the purpose described in your application. You should return any surplus funds to Staffordshire Police, for redistribution to other groups
  • The project this supports must be completed within six months of receipt of the community funding grant
  • You must inform Staffordshire Police when the project is completed (before six months). This includes details of any planned launch, opening etc. You should credit ‘Staffordshire Police Community Funding Grants’ as a contributor to the initiative on any publicity, social media, press notices or reports and use the Staffordshire Police Community Funding Grants accreditation on your website
  • On request, you must submit a full written evaluation report within six months of the project completion. This must contain receipts for goods, materials and services spent on the project for the purposes of Staffordshire Police’s audit requirements
  • If your scheme involves working with children, your organisation must have a child protection policy or statement
  • Your organisation must be aware of equal opportunities. Your project should be available to everyone without discrimination, unless it specifically targets a minority or disadvantaged group
  • You must be aware of all Health and Safety issues that impact on your project
  • We accept no responsibility for the management or administration of financial transactions in your project
  • Any current connection to Staffordshire Police must be declared as part of the application process. This includes any professional or personal connection to any employee of Staffordshire Police

What will we not fund:

  • Projects that have already been completed
  • Political activities
  • National medical research and equipment
  • Groups and activities that do not align to our shared vision, or actively aim to work against Staffordshire Police and the wider criminal justice sector
  • Fundraising expenses such as skydives, overseas travel or expeditions
  • Marketing activities or promotions