£100,000 announced for community safety projects in Essex

A group of smiling volunteers. They are standing in a sunny, wooded area.

We have launched a new grant scheme that aims to improve public safety in Essex.

Local groups can apply to the Community Safety Initiatives Fund. The fund aims to improve the safety of residents and address violence and vulnerability. 

Grants will be awarded to local groups for projects or initiatives within their own communities.

These groups have the community links and local knowledge. This will help make sure the funding is used in the best way to benefit communities.

Grants from £500 up to £2,000 will be available. The fund is open to:

  • voluntary and community organisations
  • registered charities
  • charitable incorporated organisations (CIO)
  • not-for-profit companies limited by guarantee
  • community interest companies (CIC)
  • town, parish, or community councils

Groups will need to show that their projects will improve or promote public safety in their local community. The full criteria is available on application but projects will be considered that:

  • prevent crime or reduce anti-social behaviour. Examples include improving home or personal safety or tackling crime in rural areas
  • physically improve anti-social behaviour hotspots
  • help improve safety in the night-time economy
  • prevent people becoming involved with criminal behaviour or anti-social behaviour
  • support local communities and encourage volunteering
  • support community events for over 250 people

Online applications can be made until 11.45pm 12 May.