Frequently Asked Questions
Can I save my application and complete it later?
Yes you can save your application and complete it later. Click the "Save and Continue Later" button at the bottom left of the application form. You will then receive an email from SmartSurvey with a link to continue your application. Be sure to check your junk mail folder if you can't find it.
What happens when I have applied and received notification?
- All applications are reviewed against the Safer Communities Fund criteria.
Applications are considered by an Advisory Board.
The Advisory Board meets and makes recommendations to the Police& Crime Commissioner.
The Police & Crime Commissioner makes the final decision on who is successful.
I've saved my application but I haven't been sent an email.
You should've been sent an email from SmartSurvey with a link to continue your application. Be sure to check your junk mail folder if you can't find it. If you haven't received an email from SmartSurvey please contact the Safer Communities Fund team and they will send you the link to continue your application.
How do I know if I qualify for funding?
Voluntary and Community Groups, Charities and not-for-profit groups, West Yorkshire Local Authorities and Statutory Agencies including West Yorkshire Police.
What the Safer Communities Fund won't support
General appeals, funding for longer than twelve months, projects taking place outside West Yorkshire, pure academic research, educational bursaries, travel projects*, individuals, work that forms part of a statutory requirement, food for foodbanks**, refreshments including food and/or beverages, the replacement of statutory funding or retrospective grants. Long term capital projects or short term capital projects over £6k***.
*Transport costs can be included if within West Yorkshire and as part of a wider project
**The Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable have recently donated just under £50k from the Police Property Act Fund to the West Yorkshire Food Poverty Network (July 2018). Food banks organisations can apply to the fund but not for food. For example the fund will support project costs, volunteer expenses or advice sessions.
***Long term capital projects are defined as those which require relatively large sums on monies to acquire, develop, improve, and/or maintain a capital asset (such as land or buildings). Short term projects which fit the 6k fund limit and the provision that monies must be spent with a year of allocation will be considered.
Can I get a copy of my application form once I've submitted it?
You can request a copy of your application by contacting the Safer Communities Fund team, contact details can be found here. Please note our preferred method of contact is email.
Can I submit my Safer Communities Fund application using a hardcopy?
Yes, please download a copy of the application from the "How to Apply" section or contact the team to request an application through the post, contact details here.
When will I hear if I've been successful?
Up to date information on timescales and the status of applications can be found here.
How will I know you've received my application?
If you have provided an email address on your application you will receive notification within 48 hours. If you submit a hardcopy you will be contacted via your preferred method of contact. Please make sure your email address is correct, if any of your details change please contact the Safer Communities Team so they can ensure your details are correct. Be sure to check your junk mail folder if you can't find it.
I've left a message on the answer phone but no-one has got back in touch with me yet.
We look to answer messages within 48 hours, if your request is urgent please email [email protected]
I've submitted an application in error, can I resubmit it?
Email the team at [email protected] and explain the situation. A word copy of your application will be sent to you and the application submitted in error will be deleted.
If I am unsuccessful can I get some feedback as to why?
We will provide feedback on request. The feedback will be drawn from comments from the Advisory Board.