West Midlands Police Active Citizens Fund




Active Citizen 2018/19 Fund Criteria – Solihull

The Active Citizen funding scheme will involve nearly a £million pounds being spent on schemes throughout the West Midlands. Each Neighbourhood Policing Unit (NPU) has an annual budget allocated to it to help fund local community initiatives. Solihull currently has an allocated budget of £100,000.

The Active Citizens Fund combines three previous streams of funding using money seized from criminals so that West Midlands Police will be better placed to engage with the public and encourage ‘active citizenship‘ to enable the public to help solve local issues and to make communities safer.

Neighbourhood Policing Units (NPUs) have an annual budget, renewed at the start of each financial year, the current funding is until 01/04/19.


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World Cafe Events

After a  series of local World Café Events last summer we have had a number of applications for funding from all areas of Solihull.

Community groups and residents groups have submitted applications for funds to make a real difference where they live. You don’t have to have attended a World Cafe in your area to apply. You can contact your local neighbourhood team if you need any help or advice on applying for  the Active Citizen Fund.

Contact Details for Local Police Neighbourhood Teams in Solihull

Shirley  Sgt Adam Gibbs   call 101 ext 891 3034 or email shirley@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk



St Alphege  Sgt Kirk Whitehouse call 101 ext 891 3034 or email stalphege@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk


Lyndon Elmdon Olton Silhill   Sgt Dee Evans call 101 ext 891 6080 or email leos@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk  


Smithswood Castle Bromwich and Kingshurst  Sgt Bushra Zarif

call 101 ext 892 6035 or email smithswood@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk


Chelmsley Wood Sgt Neil Millward call 101 ext 892 6032 or email chelmsleywood@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk  


Rurals Sgt Hayley Thompson call 101 ext 892 6037 or email rural@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk  


Solihull Objectives for Funding

  • To increase the number of Active Citizens in Solihull.
  • To empower and enable active citizens to take a greater role in resolving local neighbourhood issues.
  • When possible to ensure young people are engaged and to encourage them to becworld cafe 2ome Active Citizens.
  • To promote community harmony and improve trust and confidence in West Midlands Police.
  • For the investment made to have a positive impact that is sustained throughout 2018/19 and beyond.
  • Your project must contribute to one or more of the following themes set through local World Café Events:
  1. Assisting vulnerable adults
  2. Improving road safety
  3. Tackling anti social behaviour
  4.  Improving the environment
  5. Connecting people
  6. Supporting young people or reducing crime and making Solihull a safer place to live

Funding Criteria

To be successful, applications for community funding from World Cafe Events must meet the following criteria.

  • Funded projects must contribute to crime reduction or community safety in the local area.
  • Groups and organisations must be properly constituted and have a separate bank account with at least two signatories in to which we can pay the funds.  if there is no dedicated group/organisation bank account, an umbrella organisation may take responsibility for the financial transactions.
  • A group does not need to be based in the community where the project is run, but the project must be of direct benefit to the residents / priorities of that area.
  • We do not fund individual requests for funding or sponsorship, for example sponsored walks.
  • You may include revenue items where this is essential to the running of a time limited project.
  • We cannot support a bid to cover the cost of a salary.
  • We do not require match funding, but will look favourably on projects which contribute additional funds.
  • We cannot fund the purchase of assets that will provide long term benefits to a private company or individual rather than to the community.
  • Safeguarding: if the project involves children or vulnerable adults, the organisation must have sufficient safeguarding procedures in place.  The safeguarding measures should be proportionate to the risk involved.  This requirement should be discussed with the Partnership Team at the NPU, who will be able to provide more advice.
  • Funding will not be provided for an organisation or project to make payments to itself for the hire of accommodation or facilities.
  • Funding cannot be used to make payments to members of the committee of the organisation/group unless this is essential to the success of the project and pre-agreed by West Midlands Police partnership team.


All applications must be able to clearly demonstrate how they meet the objectives of this funding.

Preference will be given to applications from community groups that have not benefited from previous Police or Police & Crime Commissioner funding and identified through World Cafe events.

Approval Process

All applications should be submitted directly to the local Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) following World Cafe events. It is essential that the NPT are supportive of all bids for them to be considered.

The decision as to whether an application is successful will be subject to agreement by the Solihull Police Commander after working with local citizens, and will be passed to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for the formal decision to release funds.

Monitoring Requirements

Once the funding has been agreed the project is required to submit regular financial and performance monitoring reports to Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

For the Active Citizen Fund Application form CLICK HERE

Link to the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Webpage