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Due to COVID-19 the decision has been made to suspend the first round of Community Safety Development Fund


Unfortunately, the outbreak of COVID-19 has had an impact on the voluntary sector and impacted the most vulnerable in our communities. In response to this Essex Community Foundation has created the Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme to help organisations during this difficult time. The purpose of this programme is to provide financial support to organisations helping to relieve pressure on public service and those co-ordinating a local community support.

In order to support the fund we will be allocating £150,000 from the 20-21 Community Safety Development Fund to the Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme

If you wish to find out more about this funding please visit Essex Community Foundation website 


The Community Safety Development Fund 2019/20

The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s vision for Essex is to ensure that safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which we build success and well-being for all. To support this, we have created the Community Safety Development Fund. This £300,000 fund offers grants of up to £20,000 for community projects that help to prevent and tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in Essex.

Applications to the Community Safety Development Fund for 2019-20 are open. Funding is allocated in three funding rounds. The closing dates for each round are:

  • Round 1 – Suspended
  • Round 2 – September 31st
  • Round 3 – January 31st

Applications to the fund must reflect at least one of the seven priorities in the PFCC’s Police and Crime Plan:

• Providing more local, visible and accessible policing
• Cracking down on anti-social behaviour
• Breaking the cycle of domestic abuse
• Reversing the trend in serious violence
• Tackling gangs and organised crime
• Protecting children and vulnerable people
• Improving safety on our roads


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

Some CSDF success stories:

Firebreak Programme

The Essex County Fire and Rescue Service ‘Firebreak Programme’ aims to promote a culture of safety, team work and citizenship by teaching a range of vital life skills while undertaking the various disciplines of the Fire Service. The scheme is part funded by the Essex Police, Fire 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 the threat of drugs, alcohol or crime. Their ethos is engaging young people in adventurous activities, sports and arts to foster a positive impact on their lives. You can watch the video to learn more about the fantastic work Sue and her colleagues do.

Street Pastors

Street Pastors is an interdenominational church response to the issues of local communities. Pastors provide a Christian presence on the streets in local communities in order to listen, care and help. They support patrons of the late economy without discrimination on any grounds. To look at how the CSDF benefits the scheme you can watch the following video.

Turning Tides

Turning Tides is a project of the Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) which carries out community based projects in conjunction with partner organisations.  It promotes active citizenship and offers 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.


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

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