Grants and Funding

Policing and Community Safety Partnership Small Grants Programme

From Friday 9 July 2021, the Mid and East Antrim Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) will open for applications for the 2021/22 scheme on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted. Mid & East Antrim Policing and Community Safety Partnership will consider support for any constituted community or voluntary group undergoing activities within its statutory and civic remit where there is a benefit to Policing and community safety in the Mid & East Antrim area, for awards up to a maximum of £2,500.

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All projects must be completed by Sunday 6th February 2022.  Please note that retrospective applications cannot be considered.

The indicative dates for funding are shown below:

Applications open Applications close Proposed activity end Final Claims/Paperwork to be submitted by
9th July 2021

Open on a rolling basis until 31st January 2022.

Retrospective applications are ineligible.

Sunday 6th February 2022 One month after the project has completed and as soon as all payments are visible on the bank statements.

Projects carried out before the outcome of the application is known, or before any Letter of Offer is issued will be done so at risk of not being funded.

Please note that retrospective applications cannot be considered.

Applications can be made online at Council Funding Hub

Policing and community safety partnerships aim to create safer and shared communities.  To help achieve this aim, awards will fund projects which prevent, reduce or address the following issues:

  • Addressing Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Reducing Crime, Fear of Crime (may include Business Retail Crime)
  • Rural Crime
  • Hate Crime
  • Road Safety
  • Cyber Crime
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Building Confidence in Policing
  • Paramilitary Activity

Grants will be considered for those groups who provide a platform for increasing relationships with police or were Police are directly involved in the project. Mid and East Antrim PCSP would also encourage applications which create relationships between both sides of the community particularly where traditionally these relationships may have been difficult.

The maximum award available is £2,500 and applicants are reminded that this is a competitive process. Projects can be supported to a maximum of 80% of the total project cost.

Applicants are reminded that the outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus is an unprecedented global event and advice is constantly being updated. The latest advice from the UK government and the NHS can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

All activities for which grant is provided must be planned and undertaken in compliance with the Government’s social distancing guidance, to protect everyone from the risk of infection.

Organisers of all awarded activities must also ensure they adhere to maximum numbers permitted to attend as indicated by the Executive Office.

The most up to date information can be found at www.nidirect.gov.uk/  and  www.publichealth.hscni.net/

Any awarded projects will require them to be held in accordance with the dates outlined in the scheme guidance notes.

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Should you wish to discuss a potential project please contact your local DEA Officer, details for which can be found on the Guidance Notes for the scheme. Alternatively, you may contact the the Grants Office at:

Tel: 028 2563 3530 or 028 9335 8240 or by emailing grants@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

 

Please note that applying for a grant is a competitive process and awards are subject to the availability of funds. Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, as part of its duties under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, is committed to equal opportunities and good relations and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. All awards will be based strictly on the merit principle. 


Governance Standards

Council would remind you of the requirements to maintain appropriate governance in undertaking all council funded activities:

  • All activities for which funding is provided must be planned and undertaken in compliance with the Government’s social distancing guidance, to protect everyone from the risk of infection. Visit the PHA COVID-19 Advice page.
  • In relation to any scheme that has been established to assist vulnerable people within the Mid and East Antrim Borough, the applicant group must ensure that the benefits of the funding remain and take place within the Borough only. This includes the distribution of items such as food, household items and PPE (Personal Protection Equipment).
  • Any groups undertaking projects that involve the making and distributing of PPE or food should ensure that the relevant legal guidelines are adhered to and appropriate safety information, including warnings, are provided with the product.
  • As part of the conditions of the Letter of Offer accepted by the signee on behalf of the awarded group, you are required to keep all receipts and invoices relating to the project and ensure that the expenditure is visible on the group’s bank statement. This information will be requested at a future date as part of the monitoring and evaluation stage of the grants process.
  • As stated in the Letter of Offer, all invoices must be made out to the applicant group named on the application form and Letter of Offer and that all expenditure must be clearly visible on the same group’s bank statement.
  • Where possible the standard of the invoices should be of those set out as per the MEA Grants Invoice Standards document.
  • Any cash purchases made by group members should be documented and evidence of reimbursement by the group to the member should be visible on the group bank statement.
  • As declared in the application form, at no point should any member of the applicant group have any interest/financial benefit from the funded project.
  • It should be noted that if not all of the funding awarded by Council can be vouched or if an underspend on the project occurs, Council will clawback this money through the appropriate methods.

Invoice Standards

Please note that grant payments will only be processed whereby bonafied paid invoices have been submitted with a claim.

Invoices should include the following information:

  • Name, address and telephone number of the company the invoice is from.
  • VAT registration number (if applicable).
  • Invoice Date.
  • Invoice Number.
  • Name and address of the person being billed.
  • Description or Reason for Invoice (including dates of events, etc.)
  • The Amount.
  • An Order Number (if applicable).
  • Information on how to make payment.
  • Invoices from individuals should be signed by that individual.
  • Authorisation for payment by a member of your organisation.