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Community Safety Development Fund


The Community Safety Development Fund 2017/18


The PCC will be continuing to support local crime prevention initiatives through the £300,000 Community Safety Development Fund.  The fund offers grants of up to £20,000 for community projects that help to prevent and tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in Essex. 

The county has a huge number of voluntary and community groups who help to build safe and secure communities. By empowering them and supporting innovation we believe it can help achieve practical results at a grass roots level.

Applicants to the fund will need to demonstrate that they will make a positive impact on at least one of the Police and Crime Plan priorities. Decisions will be made by a panel of independent local representatives to ensure applications reflect specific community priorities and work with other existing commissioned or grant-funded activity and provides good value for money for the tax payer.

There will be two funding opportunities the closing dates of which are September 1st 2017 and 31st January 2018.
Applications to the fund need to reflect at least one of the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan seven priorities which are listed below.


The Police and Crime Plan priorities are:

• More local, visible and accessible policing

• Crack down on anti-social behaviour

• Breaking the cycle of domestic abuse

• Reverse the trend in serious violence

• Tackle gangs and organised crime

• Protecting children and vulnerable people

• Improve safety on our roads


CSDF Application Form 2017/18 CSDF Application Form 2017-18

Guidance on CSDF bid criteria NEW CSDF Criteria 2017-18

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

Some CSDF success stories:

Firebreak Programme

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service ‘Firebreak programme’ aims to promote a culture of safety and team work and citizenship by teaching a range of vital life skills whilst undertaking the various disciplines of the Fire Service. the scheme is part funded by the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner and provides a learning environment that combines practical skills and scenario based training.

Sue Pell – Essex Girls and Boys Club

The Essex Boys and Girls Clubs provide safe environments for young people to gather, away from threats of drugs, alcohol & crime. Their ethos is engaging young people in adventurous activities, sports and arts to foster a positive impact on their lives. To hear more about the fantastic work Sue and her colleagues do watch the video.

Street Pastors

Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Church response to the issues of local communities, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and help.

The purpose of Street Pastors is to provide a Christian presence on the streets in local communities in order to listen, care and help. Street Pastors offer care and support to patrons of the late economy without discrimination on any grounds. To look at how the CSDF benefits the scheme watch the following video

Turning Tides

Turning Tides is a project of Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) who carries out community based projects in conjunction with partner organisations.  They promote active citizenship and offer a range of activities for young people living in disadvantaged areas of Central Southend as well as supporting isolated older people living across the Borough. Turning Tides encourages involvement in social activities, volunteering, training and environmental projects.


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.


PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB
01245 291600

If your enquiry relates to operational policing or a crime please contact Essex Police here