We’re often asked about where to find funding/grants to help with your community safety issues. The national OurWatch network has just began making very small grants (£100-500) available to groups nationally. If you’ve not been able to find local funding sources for that project you need to do, then this might be a grant worth looking at.
But remember that this ‘free money’ via their Community Grants Fund will involve you meeting the eligibility requirements, submitting a detailed application and competing against the rest of the UK for the potentially limited funds.
So before you start:
Your project needs to have been thought through, costed properly, clearly meet the objectives of Neighbourhood Watch and meet some community safety/crime prevention issue and need £100-500 of funding.
You must be a Neighbourhood Watch Group that is formally registered either with the national body (OurWatch) or with your local Association (us – the NEL Neighbourhood Watch Network).
You must have a bank account for the group (it can’t be paid to an individual).
If you are past all those hurdles then you can start reading more about the grant here where you’ll also find the application forms and example budget sheets etc.
If you’re a group in North East Lincolnshire and you’re thinking of applying for these grants then please do get in touch with Glyn or Karl and let us know you’ll be applying. We might be able to assist you with getting the application right or provide additional information. But also if we know that you have a project that needs funding then we can work with you to seek out other routes for funding should this grant application fail.