Crime Prevention Fund

The Commissioner's Crime Prevention Fund is designed to help local groups protect their communities from crime. 

The Fund is used to help charities, community groups and social enterprises stop problems before they occur, by reducing the opportunities for crime and by deterring people away from becoming involved in anti-social and illegal behaviour.

Applications need to support at least one of the Commissioner’s priorities and address at least one area of the Crime Prevention Model (below).

Read more about the Commissioner's priorities.

Please note, this fund is now closed.

Crime Prevention Model:

  • Primary Prevention  (situation an social prevention)is directed at stopping a problem before it happens.  This involves reducing the opportunities for crime, addressing social and / or environmental factors that increase risk of offending, and strengthening community and social structures.
  • Secondary Prevention – seeks to change people, typically those at high risk of embarking upon a criminal career.  The focus can be on a rapid/effective early interventions (for example, youth programmes) and/or high risk neighbourhoods.
  • Tertiary Prevention – focuses on dealing with offending after it has happened.  The focus is on intervention in the lives of known offenders in an attempt to 
  • prevent them from re-offending.

Applicants have to demonstrate a proven need.  They are also assessed to see how well they protect vulnerable communities. Awards are aimed at initiatives in the community, which have identified achievable benefits/outcomes.

This pan-Merseyside fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside.

Grants Awarded


In August 2019, 11 grassroots projects which work to prevent young people from getting involved in crime scooped the lion’s share of a £140,000 funding pot aimed at building stronger, safer communities. They were among 14 successful initiatives to be awarded grants from the latest round of the Police Commissioner’s Crime Prevention Fund.

Find out more here


Projects which tackle knife crime, provide intensive support for vulnerable young people and protect them from grooming were among 14 grassroots initiatives which were awarded funding in 2018/19 to build safer, stronger communities.

Find out more about this year's successful organisations here.


On November 1st, 13 grassroots organisations were awarded a share of £135,000 from the PCC's fund to build safer communities.

Jane Kennedy again used her Crime Prevention Fund to give a vital cash boost to community groups, charities and third sector organisations who are working to prevent crime in communities across Merseyside.

More than 70 community organisations bid into the fund, with the total combined value requested amounting to more than £1.1m. Today Jane has announced the 13 successful organisations which will each receive a share of the funding to help make a difference in their communities over the next 12 months.

Please find the details of the successful organisations here.


On February 2nd, 2016, the PCC reopened her Crime Prevention Fund for the second year.

A total of £150,000 was available from the fund and the Commissioner invited local groups to submit bids of between £5,000 and £25,000 for innovative community safety projects or schemes that ran in 2016/17.

The successful applications were announced in March 2016.

Please find the details of all the organisations who received funding for 2016/17 here.


In 2015, the Commissioner announced she was launching her Crime Prevention Fund.

Jane pledged a total of £88,000 to the fund and invited local residents, voluntary and community groups to apply for funding from £5,000 and £25,000 for innovative community safety projects or schemes that will be run during this financial year.

Find the details of the successful organisations from 2015/16 here.