Youth Diversion Fund

Please read the Essential Information before applying. 

The Police Commissioner for Merseyside is able to award charitable grants to organisations that deliver community projects that reduce crime, improve public safety or support victims.


Emily Spurrell has now launched the Youth Diversion Fund, which uses money raised through the Police Property Act from the sale of property which has come into the police’s possession where the owner of the property cannot be identified and where a court order has been made.


Grants of up to £3,000 are available to support diversionary projects for children and young people taking place specifically over Mischief Night, Halloween and Bonfire Night. Projects should meet at least one of the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner’s priorities:


General eligibility criteria:

• You must be a charity, community group or social enterprise (statutory services including schools are not eligible for this fund).

• You must be based in Merseyside, connected to your community (Please note that Halton is not covered by Merseyside PCC funding). National charities must have a permanent branch in Merseyside with a local Management team and a bank account here.

• You must have a formal constitution or governing document in the name of the group.


Closing date for applications: Friday 8th September by 4pm

Decisions: We expect decisions to be announced week commencing 16th October 2023


Any specific exclusions:

• Core salaries cannot be considered (however, sessional work at an hourly rate for a specified number of project hours can be considered)

• Priority for the fund is engagement projects delivered locally within the community therefore activities such as trips cannot be considered.


Important application information:

Only complete applications can be taken forward to the panel. You must submit supporting documents such as your governing document, latest annual accounts and relevant safeguarding policies (unless you have received (not just applied for) a grant from the Community Foundation within the last 12 months).
These documents must be received by the closing date and we encourage applicants to submit them with their online application.


How to apply:

An online application must be submitted via the Community Foundation for Merseyside. In addition to the application form we will require the following documents and information:


The following items cannot be supported via the fund:


Additional Information:

Please note that successful applicants will be asked to include the Police and Crime Commissioner’s logo on any marketing materials, provide images of activities they run and also tag the PCC’s office in any social media posts. Further, the Police and Crime Commissioner may also wish to arrange site visits with successful applicants to view the projects in action first-hand and, where possible, capture video content whilst there.

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