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 and this round of the programme includes additional funds from Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership’s funding from the Home Office.

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 four themes:

Projects should contribute to the prevention of crime - For example, this can be through the promotion of healthy relationships (familial, interpersonal, wider societal 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 £5k.  £100k in total is available across the 4 themes.

Any special criteria?

Priority will be given to applications from high harm areas as defined by socio-demographic data and police crime data.

All applications must be supported by a local Police Inspector and you will need to provide a letter of support from them with your application form.  All potential applicants need to contact who will then send the applicant’s details to the relevant community Inspector.

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.

Funding has already been set aside to cover projects in specific wards of Merseyside, so in order that funding is spread fairly across the region groups based in these areas who have recently received funding from aParticipatory budget event are not eligible to apply. 

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

What cannot be funded?

How to apply?

Please complete the online application form via the link at the top of this page. 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

Closing Date

Sunday 20 March 2022

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.


Community Foundation for Merseyside

Third Floor, Stanley Building, 43 Hanover Street,

Liverpool, L1 3DN




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