Northumbria PCC Operation Payback FundGrants of up to £1000 or £5000 

The Operation Payback Fund allows for communities, social enterprises, community groups, charities and schools, in the Northumbria area, to bid for a micro grant of up to £1,000 or a larger grant up to £5,000.

There are specific priorities that your project/bid must focus on which are:

  • Directly combat the impact of crime in local communities
  • Reduce crime
  • Reduce anti-social behaviour and provide diversionary activities

Priority will be given to smaller organisations and communities who typically find it hard to acccess funding.

The £131,000 for this fund is created from money gained through crime. The funding uses money recovered by the police from criminal activity, under the Proceeds of Crime Act. The fund is aimed at communities and grass roots projects who provide locally-designed support for vulnerable people, diversionary activities or who seek to turn things around and improve their local neighbourhood. The PCC is encouraging new ideas to create resilient and flourishing communities where opportunities for anti-social or criminal behaviour are reduced and will not be tolerated. Communities,

local projects and community groups that strive to make where they live a better place are encouraged to get their applications in to stand a chance of receiving a cash boost to help make a difference to local lives.

The funding can pay for:

  • Staff delivery and training costs: directly related to the running of your project. This could include sessional coaches or instructors which have been created specifically for your project.
  • Equipment: the hire or purchase of any items of equipment or clothing you may need to run your project – including specially adapted items to ensure equal access and opportunity.
  • Venue hire costs: for example, what it costs you to pay for a venue, room or rent a pitch or other type of space for your project.
  • Transport: to help you, participants, your staff and volunteers get to your project and back.
  • Refreshments: for you, your staff and volunteers, and the people coming to your project.
  • Marketing information: so that you can spread the word and make sure people know to come.
  • Accessibility costs: We encourage you to include any reasonable accessibility costs within your project budget.
  • Monitoring: to ensure you are able to tell us about the impact of your project.

The funding cannot pay for:

  • General office costs and overheads that aren’t directly related to your project
  • Core capital costs such as building works or maintenance.

Closing date for applications is 3rd December 2021 and projects must be delivered between January 2022 and January 2023.

Apply HERE

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