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Community Cashback Fund

by Alison Cornmell

Community groups have until Sunday 20 March to apply for up to £5,000 from the Merseyside Police Community Cash Fund. The funding can be used to further develop existing projects or to start new ones.

Merseyside Police’s Community Cashback Fund utilises the money and assets seized from criminals through the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and reinvests it back into our communities to help provide vital resources and fund community projects across Merseyside. It is aimed at strengthening community resilience by supporting local clubs and groups, which in turn helps to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, promote diversionary activities, and support vulnerable members of the community.

This year £100,000 is available for community projects with £70k coming from the proceeds of crime with a further £30k of funding provided by the Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership to enable more grassroots projects and community groups to be supported.

The fund is being managed by the Community Foundation for Merseyside. All applications for funding must demonstrate how they will contribute to one of the following key themes:

  1. Violence Against Women and Girls
  2. Diversion away from criminal gangs
  3. Promoting Diversity, Quality and Inclusion
  4. Improving mental health and emotional wellbeing in children

For more information on the application process and to apply visit Community Cashback (cfmerseyside.org.uk)