Our Spring 2022 Community Grants funding round opens 1st - 31st March, with a focus on NW 40th Anniversary activities.

We are very proud that the majority of Neighbourhood Watch work locally is delivered by dedicated and passionate volunteers, donating their time, skills and experience to help make their communities safer, more connected and vibrant. However, we are very aware that that does not mean the work requires no financial expense. In addition, we know the significant impact Covid-19 has had upon not only local groups' ability to raise funds, but also on the increased demand for community support and infrastructure investment locally.

There are of course a number of routes for seeking local funding, and we go through these on our fundraising page, but when these have been exhausted or may not be relevant, Neighbourhood Watch Network are offering a Community Grants Fund.

Fund details

We want to help you kickstart, improve or expand your community work! The Trustees of Neighbourhood Watch Network have set aside funds allowing for two rounds of funding per year:

  • Spring round 2022 (funds released in April)
  • Autumn round 2022 (funds released in December)

    During the Spring 2022 funding round, 100% of available funds will go towards activities or one-off development projects that help your group or association promote and support Neighbourhood Watch's 40th Anniversary. To help you with this, we will soon be sharing a 40 Years, 40 Activities guide. 

    The size of grants for the Spring 2022 round will range between £100 - £250. Groups can only hold one grant at a time, and can only hold one grant in each financial year.

    Groups are defined as: schemes, areas, districts or associations, e.g. several schemes can hold grants within an association, and that association can also hold its own grant, but all projects or applications must be clearly defined and separate from each other.

    Upcoming dates:

    • Spring round - Neighbourhood Watch 40th Anniversary special: OPENS 1st March 2022, CLOSES 31st March 2022 at 5pm
    • Autumn round: OPENS 1st September 2022, CLOSES 13th October 2022 at 5pm

    Who we fund

    Our grants are only for registered Neighbourhood Watch members who are representatives of a registered and recognised Neighbourhood Watch scheme, group, Area or Association in England and Wales. Registered and recognised means: any association who has signed the MoU; or any area that has signed an area (non-voting) MoU; or any scheme that is registered either on Alert or is formally registered with an Association as previous. If you are unsure whether you fit within these categories, please contact us.

    Lead applicants must be a Coordinator or similar volunteer role (Treasurer, Deputy, Area Lead, etc.) If you are not currently registered in this way and would like to find out how to contact us at enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk.

    We only fund work or activities that are clearly defined as that of Neighbourhood Watch and that aligns with the charitable purposes within our constitution and with our values. These are:

    Our purposes:

    1. Promote, for the benefit of the public, good citizenship, community safety and greater public participation in the prevention and detection of crime;
    2. Promote public support for the work of the police service and other partners in the protection of people and property from, and the prevention of, crime

    Our values:

    • Neighbourly
      We aspire to be good neighbours.
    • Community focused
      We bring people together.
    • Inclusive
      We are welcoming to all people.
    • Proactive
      We are active within communities and we are relevant in today’s world.
    • Trusted
      We are dependable, caring, respectable, approachable and supportive.
    • Collaborative
      We work as a team, in partnerships and within communities.

    Applicants must be part of a constituted group, to ensure your work and objectives align with ours, and ideally have a separate bank account under the group name, with at least two unrelated signatories. Grants cannot be placed into personal bank accounts and there must be at least two signatories/key contacts within the group in order to apply for a grant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these requirements please contact us at fundraising@ourwatch.org.uk.

    What we fund

    We are keen to fund new, innovative work that helps further our 2020-2025 strategy. Our funding priorities for Spring 2022 are:

    1. Crime prevention activities
    2. Community cohesion
    3. Enhancing the role of volunteers
    4. Improving the community environment and wellbeing
    5. Proactively engaging/involving people underrepresented in NW e.g. BAME, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, or young people’s voices (will require relevant safeguarding procedures to be in place)
    6. Building or enhancing local networks and relationships

    All applications must address at least one of these areas and reference how the activity or project links to the marking of Neighbourhood Watch's 40th Anniversary, as part of a clear, forward-thinking plan for how your group makes/will make a difference in your community.

    What we do not fund

    • Activities that are not charitable in law
    • Activities where the primary benefit is to enable a public body to carry out its statutory obligations
    • Activities that have already taken place (retrospective funding)
    • Grants intended for individuals
    • Street CCTV units, street patrols, PCSOs, or private street security personnel
    • Items that are already provided by your Association (Find your Association details here)
    • Websites
    • Grantmaking, or equivalent gifts in kind, to or by other organisations
    • Privately owned and profit-distributing companies or limited partnerships
    • Financial service fees
    • Any work that does not align with our values and objectives

    How to apply

    To apply please complete the application form in full. You must also complete a budget form and send that along as well, and any documents as required within the application form.

    Please attach all documents to one email and send to fundraising@ourwatch.org.uk between the dates specified for the funding round you’re applying to as above. We only accept applications by email and give acknowledgements by email. If we require any further information we will contact you. You will receive a decision within one month of the close date for that funding round.

    Decisions will be made by a panel of Trustees and decisions are final.

    What happens if you’re successful

    If your application is successful, we will email you a letter of confirmation with the full details of your grant. Within your application you will need to tell us whether your group has an independent bank account. If it does, we will aim to transfer your grant within 4 weeks.

    If your group does not have an independent bank account, we will discuss with you whether your local Association has one and if your grant can be managed through them. If not, we will speak to you about how we can distribute the grant to you instead.

    As a condition of receiving the grant from us, you commit to monitoring its usage and measuring the outcomes you said you would achieve within your application. We can talk through how this will work best for your group/project. By accepting the grant, you commit to implementing an outcome/impact measurement framework prior to spending the grant.

    At the end of the grant term (as set out in your application) we will send you an online feedback form requesting details on the grant usage and information of how successfully you achieved your outcomes and the impact made by your group. This must be completed within 2 weeks of being received.

    Your group can apply for another grant after the following funding round.

    What happens if you’re unsuccessful

    If your application is unsuccessful we will send you an email letting you know and explain why. Decisions are final. Your group is welcome to put another bid into the next round, but please do take into account any feedback you were given.

    Neighbourhood Watch Network is registered with the Fundraising Regulator and our Head of Fundraising is a registered Individual Member of the Institute of Fundraising. We are fully compliant with the Code of Fundraising Practice.