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Community Safety Development Fund


Update May 2016

Following the election of our new Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Roger Hirst, the Community Safety Development Fund (CSDF) has been re-opened and is now available for applications.

Since 2013 the PCC’s office has distributed over £1.1m of grants to help community safety partners, including community and voluntary groups, to develop new ways to prevent and tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

The Community Safety Development Fund maintains its purpose to support and encourage local community safety partners to develop and deliver effective and/or innovative approaches to continue to prevent and tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in the county.  These approaches must deliver against the priority areas set out in the Police and Crime Plan.

The criteria for the 2016-17 CSDF remains the same as previous years but will be amended later in the year upon publication of a new Police and Crime Plan to reflect the PCC’s new priorities.  In a slight change to previous arrangements the CSDF will be distributed in 3 separate funding rounds this year and a panel of independent representatives will inform the decision-making process.

Closing date for applications below:

Round One- 5pm Thursday 30th June 2016

Round Two – 5pm Monday 31st October 2016

Round Three – 5pm Tuesday 31st January 2017



This guidance document provides further information about the CSDF:


To submit a bid to the CSDF please complete the following application form:


In an effort to maximise learning from projects but keep bureaucracy to a minimum, the PCC has developed a simple monitoring and evaluation form to be completed at the six and 12-month points of projects that successfully apply for grant funding:


This is in an attempt to ensure projects understand that there are requirements to monitor and evaluate their effectiveness and to prevent us getting into the situation where monitoring is inconsistent and sporadic.

If you would like any further information or have any queries about the Fund, please contact the PCC’s office at pcc@essex.pnn.police.uk or on telephone 01245 291600.

Some CSDF success stories:

Rainbow Services Working To Transform Lives
Rainbow Services Woodwork Workshop works closely with offenders to help turn their lives around and teach them useful skills.

Theatre company hopes for second hit film thanks to PCC cash
Working with young people from across South Essex, the London Bus Theatre Company gets them involved in drama clubs and film projects. The group aims to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve life skills amongst those youngsters potentially at risk by involving them in acting.

The Thurrock Coalition: Engaging With All Our Communities
Ian Evans, one of the Thurrock Coalition’s directors said: “The PCC funding has paid for the new role to provide an opportunity for people who did not think they have a voice to be supported and empowered to speak up within their community.”

Young people use nature to turn around their lives
The Wilderness Foundation’s TurnAround Project, based in Chatham Green, Chelmsford, aims to help young people who have experienced personal or social problems to change their lives.

Young dancers strut their stuff thanks to PCC cash
U DO IT dance

The U Do It Dance Foundation is the charitable arm of the World’s largest street organisation – the United Dance Organisation. They provide dance classes to children from under-privileged communities, make dance more available for all young people in our communities and divert youngsters away from committing crime, re-offending and carrying out anti-social behaviour.

Inspiring young lives through The Prince’s Trust
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex is helping fund the work of The Prince’s Trust to turn young people’s lives around and provide hope and opportunity. This programme is designed to help build confidence and motivation in young people to prepare them for employment and to help prevent vulnerability towards crime.

New Initiatives Fund
The New Initiatives Fund existed between 2012 and 2015 and was money made available by the PCC to  local Community Safety Partners to deliver new and innovative ways to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.


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01245 291600

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