Merseyside Police Community Cashback Fund

Please read the Essential Information before applying. 

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Chief Constable have developed a scheme, which is designed to make funding accessible for grass root community projects that aim to support crime prevention initiatives or promote diversionary activities.  The scheme is funded by Proceeds of Crime Act recovered assets.


What is the fund?

Applications for funding must demonstrate how they will contribute to key themes that support policing activity and the force priorities.  Funding will be awarded across three themes:


Projects should contribute to the prevention of crime - For example, this can be through the promotion of community cohesion, by providing a sense of purpose and community to service users that diverts them away from negative behaviours; by educating service users and the community on the impact of crime and providing intervention for those at risk of becoming involved in such activity.  


Projects should focus on:


How much funding can organisations apply for? Groups can apply for up to a maximum of £5000


Closing Date: 4pm on Friday 14th July 2023


Any special criteria?

We strongly recommend to take note of the following special criteria before applying:

  1. Applicants must have been constituted for a minimum period of 12 months
  1. Groups who received a Community Cash Back grant last year (decisions communicated in June 2022) will not be eligible for consideration for the 2023 round. This is to allow other groups the opportunity to access a grant from this programme. If unsure on this, you can contact Community Foundation for Merseyside to check.
  1. Groups are excluded from applying if their project has received funding from Participatory Budgeting within the same calendar year - 2023
  1. The purpose of the fund is to support longer-term projects which will achieve longer-term impact. For this reason, the Community Cash Back fund does not wish to consider applications which are limited only to school holiday diversionary projects. Please refer to the PCC Youth Diversion Fund for grants which are specifically for school holiday diversionary activity. 
  1. Priority will be given to applications from high harm areas as defined by socio-demographic data and police crime data.


Who can apply?

Voluntary, community and faith organisations, registered charities, not-for-profit social businesses and public sector bodies for non-statutory based provision operating in Sefton, Liverpool, Knowsley, St Helens and Wirral (Halton is not covered by this fund).


Examples of the types of projects that can be funded (this is not exhaustive):


What cannot be funded?


How to apply?

Please visit the Community Foundation for Merseyside’s website - – and complete an online application form (available on the fund page for this grant programme). Once you have submitted the online application, you will need to send the documents listed below. You can attach the documents to your online application, or email them to


Documents which need to be included with your application:

1. A copy of your governing document

2. A copy of your latest annual accounts or income and expenditure document if a newer organisation

3. A copy of a recent bank statement for your group.

4. A list of your Trustees/Directors/Management Committee members

5. A copy of your current Safeguarding Policy


If you have applied to us within the last 12 months and provided this information, we do not need you to send it again although we do need a bank statement dated within the last 3 months.


What happens next?

Completed applications are considered by Community Foundation staff to check eligibility and complete due diligence checks. You may be contacted for more information after applying and a decision making panel will make decisions based on the fund’s criteria and the budget available.


Decisions will be communicated by the end of September 2023.


Community Foundation for Merseyside

Third Floor, Stanley Building, 43 Hanover Street,

Liverpool, L1 3DN



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