The Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is aware that many people in our communities are pulling together to help each other through these challenging times. To support this his office is making some changes to their Community grants process to make it easier for organisations, charities and voluntary groups to help support our communities stay safe and well.
There will be some changes to the way you can apply for Community grants to make sure that communities can still access funding during this period of restricted mobility and social distancing.
They recognise that during the period of lockdown and self-isolation some people in our communities may be more likely to be vulnerable than usual. There may be more people than usual experiencing domestic abuse or vulnerable to being targeted online or in their homes. They understand that organisations are having to change the way that they deliver services and they want to do the same.
For the foreseeable future there will be a streamlined, rolling monthly application process for all bids to the fund. All bids received by the last day of the month will be assessed by a panel process during the following month to enable them to fund local initiatives more quickly.
This should hopefully enable you to be more responsive and better support people in your communities.
Your bid will still need to meet the priorities set within the Police and Crime Plan or the Northamptonshire Strategic Road Safety Plan. Details of which can be found here.
The panel will still meet to assess your bids, but to speed the process they will reduce the size of the panel and assess applications through a virtual process.
You will still need to apply by downloading the application form and relevant documents, which can be found here.
Completed applications still need to be returned to the same email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions please contact Sam Ward (Making Northamptonshire Safer Fund) or Paul Golley (Northamptonshire Road Safety Community Fund) on the above email address or by phone on 01604 888113.