£100 - £3,000
no deadline
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Safer Dorset Fund – Community Grant Scheme

Funding is available to local non-profit making projects that make Dorset safer in line with the Police and Crime Commissioner's priorities as set out in his Police and Crime Plan. Successful projects should have a demonstrable and measurable benefit to the individual and the wider community.

Value Notes

Grants of between £100 and £3,000 are available.

Match Funding Restrictions

Matched funding is not stipulated.

Who Can Apply

Applications are accepted from community groups and voluntary organisations. CIC’s are welcome to apply for funding but they must be limited by guarantee and ensure that any funding received is ring-fenced so that it is not part of any profits that may be shared to members and/or directors of the CIC.

Priority will be given to applications from consortia of providers or partnerships between VCSE sector and private / public sector partners. Projects involving co-production with other agencies and/or with users of the service, will also be prioritised.

Proposals must adhere to the following principles:

  • Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021: All projects must link in with one or more of the Police and Crime Plan priorities to be considered for funding.
  • Benefit to the residents of Dorset: Funded projects must detail a clear benefit to Dorset residents through various methods eg community engagement, crime reduction, supporting victims & witnesses, problem solving, youth engagement.
  • Policing related issues: Projects must address policing related issues (ASB, Community Engagement) and be aimed to either resolve current issues or offer preventative solutions in the communities identified.
  • Innovation: Projects employing innovative approaches and solutions to address identified gaps or unmet needs are looked upon favourably over existing initiatives.


Grants are not available to support:

  • Projects that do not contribute to the Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021.
  • Ongoing staff costs (including salaries of permanent or fixed term staff).
  • Expenditure for an item or service that has already been ordered or paid for.
  • Anything that has already been funded from a different source.
  • Items or services that will only benefit an individual.
  • Loan repayments, topping up of accounts or transferring money to another group.
  • Fundraising activities for the applicant organisation or others.
  • Used vehicles/routine repairs and maintenance.
  • Speed Indication Devices (SIDs) or Community Speedwatch kits.

Eligible Expenditure

Grants are available to support projects which will make Dorset a safer place and increase public reassurance. The main priority of the Community Grant is to provide funding to enable innovative projects to get started or to ‘pilot’ initiatives that make a positive difference to Dorset’s communities.

The PCC will consider applications to support existing projects.

To be eligible for funding projects should:

  • Support one of more the following principles of the Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021:
    • Protect people from risk and harm.
    • Work with communities.
    • Support victims, witnesses and reduce reoffending.
    • Transforming the future.
  • Employ different approaches and propose innovative solutions to address identified gaps and unmet needs.
  • Have clear exit plans for sustainability whether through self-funding or other strategies, such as mainstream continuation of delivery.

How To Apply

Applications are accepted at any time.

There are two application forms: one for youth groups and the other for all other groups.

Application forms and guidance notes are available to download from the website.

Completed application forms should be submitted electronically. Applications will go through an initial assessment to screen for questions answered and the word count. In the second stage the applications will be assessed and scored by a community panel.