Safer Suffolk Fund

Type Core costs & project costs
Status Closed
Applications accepted from social enterprises? Yes
Maximum £20,000 but no grant will normally exceed 10% of an organisation’s total income


Grants between £250 to £20,000 to support the work of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and parish councils that are delivering services that help make Suffolk a safer place to live, work, travel and invest in. Please note that the grant would not normally exceed 10% of the organisation’s total income, however some exceptions may be allowed for start-up groups and grassroots organisations. Please call a Grants Officer before applying if your organisation falls outside of this criteria.


“Supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse and serious sexual offences is a key priority in the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan. Since 2014 the PCC has commissioned services for victims of domestic abuse and serious sexual offences totalling more than £1.3million.  However, it is vital that there is a better understanding of the demand for services across Suffolk and that services are commissioned by direct reference to demand. In order to develop our understanding statutory partners in Suffolk, including the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) are working together on a countywide mapping exercise. The mapping exercise will not only enhance our understanding of the demand (e.g. numbers of victims, available services and demand for services) but will also help us to better understand the nature and effectiveness of services. The PCC will utilise the findings of this mapping exercise along with our direct commissioning experiences to inform future commissioning decisions, particularly in relation to domestic abuse and serious sexual offencs. While this exercise is ongoing all applications for grants for services for victims of domestic abuse and serious sexual offences should be submitted directly to the OPCC for consideration. Given that all applications will be submitted to the OPCC the Safer Suffolk Fund is currently closed for applications relating to domestic abuse and serious sexual offence services.”

Applications for these services should be made to:

Liz Hollingworth

Business Administration and Policy Officer

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk

01473 613888

What sort of work will the Safer Suffolk Fund support?

Created by Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, the fund is seeking to support organisations that can show clear measureable outcomes that are addressing the key objectives of the Police and Crime Plan for Suffolk 2013 – 2017.

Grants of between £250 and £3,500 should look to address one of the following key areas: 

-              Reduce re-offending

–              Prevent the damaging effect of drugs and alcohol on lives, crime levels and the night-time economy

–              Vulnerable families

–              Provide high quality service to victims

–              Create a safer environment for road users

–              Support effective community safety or crime prevention activities

–              Reduce anti-social behaviour

–              Engage with businesses to impact on business crime

–              Improve trust and confidence in the criminal justice system


Grants between £3,500 and £20,000, whilst addressing the above key issues, must also have clear measurable outcomes and link clearly to one of the four key objectives of the Police and Crime Plan:

These key objectives are:

  • To respond to emergencies
  • Solve crime
  • Prevent and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Care for victims and vulnerable people

Operational overheads can only be included where this form an integral part of the project delivery costs and not on a full cost recovery basis.

It is recognised that VCS organisations play a significant role in tackling issues associated with these objectives and therefore the fund is seeking strong applications from organisations that are providing support in the following priority areas. Please read the list below in relation to crime and the prevention of crime:

  • Vulnerable people – who are or could be a target for crime
  • Victims of crime – helping people cope with the immediate impact of the crime and recover from the harm caused
  • Mental health – supporting those with mental health issues who are or could become a target for crime
  • Substance misuse – working with those who have drug and alcohol issues
  • Supporting families – in particular supporting troubled or vulnerable families or a victim of crime
  • Creating a safer night-time economy – preventing crime, anti-social behaviour and criminal damage
  • Offending and reoffending – working with those who offend to reduce re-offending
  • Anti-social behaviour – towards reducing anti-social behaviour


In addition to the criteria set out above, service providers who can fulfil the below criteria will be welcomed:

  • Working in partnership/collaboration – working in partnership or collaboration with one or more  additional victims’ services providers;
  • Hard to reach/hear groups – services that are aimed at supporting victims from hard to reach/hear groups;
  • Gaps in services – services that will address an unmet need/gap in services.
  • Interventions for victims of crime must be free at point of delivery.


A full end of grant monitoring report will be expected at the end of the intervention. This will need to include benchmarking of the beneficiaries at the beginning and end of the service, i.e. how were they referred to the service, what crimes had been committed etc.

If you are unsure about how to determine what the outcomes would be, please tell us about the inputs /outputs you will put in place, and the outcomes that should come from these. As a general rule, think of the term “and as a result of” when considering what the outcomes of the project will be.

Please note the outcomes need to be aligned to the Police and Crime Plan.

As an example:

“Your organisation is going to run a drop-in support and advice service for vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees”.

Your inputs are that you are going run the service to provide to gain access to services they need including assisting clients with legal issues from reporting hate crimes, to assisting people to deal with minor traffic offences. The output is that 200 vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers will have accessed support and now lead safer lives because of the advice they received.

The OUTCOME is based on what you wanted to achieve when you planned the drop-in service.  Typically therefore if you ask yourself “and as a result of” the answer will be easier to find.

So ask yourself the question.  “What did we want to see as a result of doing this project, what came out of it?”

For this proposal, the outcomes are:

  • that 150 asylum seekers and refugees accessed the service and received vital information about living in the UK – all contributing to them become fully functioning and law-abiding members of society
  • that 50 clients were advised regarding driving issues in the UK
  • that 20 clients were supported when a driving offence has been committed, reducing likelihood of re-offending
  • that 10 clients were supported through the criminal justice process
  • that 60 clients were helped with legal issues to improve their understanding of the role of the police and the law.

How will you measure these outcomes?

You can use a variety of measurement strategies, from personal feedback via evaluation forms, 1:1 meetings, to data collection systems, to the more sophisticated measurement tools such as you may be able to develop.  The choice is wide, but you must use what suits your project best.

How you will know if your proposal is achieving success is through measurement.  You should determine at the onset of your proposal as to how and when you are going to measure and look for the changes you are seeking.  When are you going to measure, and what you are going to measure will need to be determined.

When you measure is from the beginning of your project, and dependent upon what you deliver you may choose to measure weekly, monthly or just once, but the measurement must be able to determine if the project is achieving any success, what has changed?

What you are measuring is the level of change.  It might be a useful tip to measure change in % terms. As an example, in July 2014, there was a 20% increase in the reduction of women seeking support from Social Services and/or their social worker on matters of domestic violence.

You can give an overall % figure for change you anticipate as a result of delivering the proposal. You do not necessarily have to say 100% as you need to be realistic.

Determine at the beginning the length of time over which you are going to measure how close you are to your objective of achieving your outcomes.  Sometimes it is a good idea to evaluate how successful your outcome journey is turning out, and to decide upon a point along that journey where you would expect to see change occurring.  Not all projects lend themselves to this style however, but if your project does, this would help you determine if your project is working or if you need to make alterations to it. The question you might ask yourself is “We are here now in time along the outcome journey, what has changed, and has enough changed that is positive”.

Outcomes and the measurement of them is not simple, but it is hoped these notes help you with putting together an application that can show, as best you can, the key outcomes of your piece of work.

The fund will also consider supporting a wider range of interventions associated with the cause of crime which have not historically been as strongly aligned with Suffolk policing policy, e.g. helping the ‘hard to reach’ long term unemployed back into the workplace.

Before applying, please refer to the full Police and Crime Plan for Suffolk 2013 – 2017 which details further information on these priority areas.

What next?

If you feel that your proposal matches these priorities and would like to apply  to the Safer Suffolk Fund we would ask you in the first instance, to telephone the Grants Team on 01473 602602 to discuss your proposed application. If it is agreed that you meet the fund criteria, you will be encouraged to complete a grant application form.

Importantly, please bear in mind that your proposal must be able to demonstrate that it is going to tackle issues around the key objectives as listed above. It might be helpful to you, to make reference to the page of the Police and Crime Report that your proposal aims to link with, but this is not essential.

You do need to bear in mind that this fund is looking for applications that can provide clear measurable outcomes, and you will be required to demonstrate how you would measure your outcomes.

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