Commissioner's Safety Fund

This grants scheme channels funding into community projects that help reduce the risk of crime and abuse and increase public safety.

The Fund is worth £650k over a two-year period (2021-22 and 2022-23).   Grants will be awarded to local organisations, subject to a successful application, where projects support the Commissioner’s key safety priorities.

The Commissioner's Police and Crime Plan sets out ambitious goals to reduce violent crime and improve the quality of service for domestic abuse investigations, including greater use of body-worn cameras and domestic violence protection orders/perpetrator programmes.

The Commissioner is keen to hear from organisations that can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those residing in Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.

The Fund is open for applications from any community-based group, parish council, school or business (if the business can match-fund and supply their service free of charge) and grants up to a maximum of £10,000 will be allocated per project.

There will be six rounds of funding per year with each offer alternating between specialist and non-specialist invitations for grants. 

Round 6
 The current round of funding (Round 6) is open from Monday 14th November 2022 to Friday 9th December 2022

Organisations who support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being invited to apply for funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner.

For Round 6 of the Commissioner’s Safety Fund, £111k has been made available to fund domestic abuse and sexual violence services providing support to victims and witnesses affected by the delays in the Criminal Justice System.

In April 2022 criminal barristers in England and Wales begun industrial action which resulted in an indefinite strike which started on 5th September. Whilst the Criminal Bar Association voted to end its strike on 10th October, according to Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures, more than 6,000 court hearings have been disrupted as a result of the dispute. Courts in England and Wales are already dealing with a large backlog of cases, made worse by the pandemic, and this has been exacerbated by the lack of available representation plus the strike action.

The Commissioner wishes to provide funding support to organisations delivering domestic abuse and sexual violence services who have been directly impacted by the recent delays in the Criminal Justice System.  He is keen to receive applications for projects which support victims directly whilst their cases are progressing through the criminal justice system. Applicants may bid for up to £10,000 for a 12-month project.

Full details of how to apply are held in the Guidance Notes which are available to download below with the rest of the relevant application information:



Funding Round Details:
RoundOpening DateClosing Date
 1.      Specialist 29th November 2021 10th January 2022
 2.      General  1st February 2022  28th March 2022
 3.      Specialist 4th April 2022 30th May 2022
 4.      General 1st June 2022 25th July 2022
 5.      Specialist 26th September 2022 24th October 2022
 6.      Specialist 14th November 2022 9th December 2022


Please see below for funds awarded:

Round 1 - Violence Against Women and Girls



Saffires Street Outreach Programme To engage women working in street prostitution by providing immediate support and signposting to other services  Leicester  £9,997.47
Living Without Abuse Domestic Abuse Befriending Service To offer support at a time of crisis, a victim-centred approach and reducing the harm, risks and costs of domestic abuse  LLR  £9,850.00
Quetzal Peer Support Groups for Femal Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse To provide free, and inclusive counselling, support services and outreach to empower survivors' recovery from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse LLR £6,022.00
Platform 31 Brave ART & Arty Parties To create space for holistic creative activity to reduce isolation, improve wellbeing and sense of self LLR £9.975.00
HHH We Matter To make a meaningful difference in the lives of women who are at risk of violence or abuse and their children and also aim to challenge the unhealthy attitudes and behaviour that fuel such violence Leicester £9,971.00
Hope for Justice Community Outreach to Prevent Exploitation and Identify and Support Victims To prevent Modern Slavery and labour exploitation, identify and rescue victims and support survivors in rebuilding their lives Leicestershire £4,246.00
Women's Aid Leicestershire Free from Fear We want to be able to support our police colleagues by working directly with the victim to report incidents and to gather the evidence that is needed by the police to gain successful convictions.  All whilst we are providing a trauma informed support service to meet the needs of the victims LLR £10,000.00
Community Benefit Society Emergency food and sanitary products for women and girls fleeting abuse To increase mental health for women and girls as they willb e able to manage their limited income and access quality food and live in dignity Leicester £10,050.00


Round 2



Leicester Combat Academy Boxing Crime To provide additional boxing classes to children and young people who have been identified as vulnerable to crime City - St Matthews, Highfields, North Evington, Spinney Hill, Rowlett's Hill, Humberstone, Beaumont Leys £9,880.00
The Bridge Support to Move Life Forward

To increase the 'Recreational Arts as Art Therapy' groups to provide mental health support, engage the homeless and vulnerable housed, keeping them off the streets for longer

City £9,500.00
Eyres Monsell Club for Young People Eyres Monsell Youth Centre To provide positive activities for the yong people during our open access youth sessions as a diversion from anti-social behaviour.  Our aim is to challenge anti-social behaviours witin the youong people in Eyres Monsell, as well as those who have been involved or associated with knife crime in the area  City - Eyres Monsell and surrounding areas £8,630.00
 Street Doctors Ltd Leicester Street Doctors To train 150 young people to be 'street doctors', capable of saving lives by adminstering emergency first aid at the scene of a violent attack City - City Centre, New Parks, Stokeswood, West End and Westcotes £7,500.00
 Above and Beyond  Street Wise To target young people (18-25) congregating and committing ASB around shops, with possible issues around substance misuse, exploitation, crime and violence  District - Charnwood, North Loughborough £10,000.00
 Dear Albert - CJ Fresh Through the Gate support and Recovery Community Support (Part 1) To provide a safe, managed community connection with peers in recovery from substance use issues with those still at greater risk of offending. City £10,000.00
Dear Albert - CJ Fresh Recovery Group Sessions - Mutual Aid Facilitation (Part 2) To provide a safe, managed community connection with peers in recovery from substance use issues with those still at greater risk of offending City £9,960.00
Streetvibe Young Peoples Service Grassroots Delivery To provide a safe and supportive service to engage the most vulnerable within our society in positive and supportive services City & County £9,900.00
St Matthews Community Solution Centre Ltd trading as EAVA FM We Will: Rise, Strive and Succeed To provide skills and training in song writing, performance and recording as preventative measures to reduce incidents of violence behaviour among young adults City - Belgrave, Rushey Meade, Spinney Hills, St Matthews, Highfields £9.910.00
STOPSO UK Leicester Uncover Pathway Support The Leicestershire Uncover Pathway Support project aims to provide a free dedicated programme of therapy for people across the Leicestershire area for people at risk of inappropriate behaviour (including stalking, harassment and online grooming) and/or contact sexual offences City and County £10,000.00
Twenty Twenty (Charnwood 20:20) Love4Life To deliver group and individual support to vulnerable teenage girls, both in schools and in the heart of our msot deprived communities District - NW Leicestershire, Coalville and Hinckley £9,500.00


Round 3 - Children and Young People



African Network Criminal Justice Project
  • To provide grassroots crime prevention programmes and training to young black Africans at risk of offending
  • To delivery pro-active anti-social behaviour and crime prevention amongst young black people In LLR
  • To educate young black males on the Criminal Justice System and the Peelian Principles of Policing in England and Wales
LLR - Beaumont Leys £9,995.00
Leicester Tigers Foundation The Jungle - Leicester Tigers Foundation Youth Hub
  • To provide 'The Jungle', a two day a week youth club open to young people between the ages of 11-14.  Sessions will run between 4pm and 5.30pm to allow young people to attend directly from school
  • To engage 114 young people who will each have the opportunity to attend for a minimum of 6 weeks
  • To provide a safe and aspirational setting to prevent yung people from participating in violent crime and harmful lifestyles
City - 2 mile radius of Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium £10,000.00
Somali Development Services CIC Intervening Before Crime
  • To recruit a specialist Youth Worker to work with young people, assess their needs, refer onto youth mentoring and support programme
  • To support young people who are at risk of falling into crime, by providing alternative activities and guiding them towards a positive life free from crime
  • To tackle anti-social behaviour through delivering sessions of peer mentoring and providing a programme of positive actions
City Centre £9,750.00
St Phillips Centre Cops Community Consent in Colleges
  • To develop and expand existing Cops Community Consent project
  • To run 3 Expo events in LLR Sixth Form or further Education colleges which will raise awareness of police careers and key anti-crime messages
  • To expand and create new joint Police-SPC seminars titled 'Community Cases' which will focus on crime priorities
  • To deliver 2 RISE establishment young adults' leadership programmes which will incorporate the raising of awareness of key crime priorities.  To be delivered in partnership with Leicestershire Police
City & County £9,700.00
Women 4 Change Change to Heal Project
  • To provide an open-access weekly youth club located in St Matthews Centre every Wednesday 6pm to 9pm, targeting Somalie males aged 14-21
  • To provide a safe space for young people to spend time, build positive relationships, try new activities and sports and become aducated and aware of key topics
  • To strengthen protective factors in the Somali youth by providing positive role models through staff, positive opportunities and new activities to be delivered in line with advice and guidance from the VRN
City - St Mattews £9,604.00


Round 4



St Matthews Big Local St Matthews supporting a safer city through Sports Engagement To facilitate 4 hours of daily open access sports activities during school half terms and summer holidays and a late-night football session on Friday evenings (9pm to 11pm) for 20 weeks.  To reduce anti-social behaviour in the area during school holidays and on Friday evenings, creating a safer neighbourhood City - St Matthews £9,995.00
Go-Getta CIC The Hut Youth Club To finance a Project Manager and 2 Youth Engagement Workers to continue to deliver 'The Hut' weekly youth club, for 2 hours every Friday evening, offering diversionary activities.  To continue working with a core group of targeted young people at risk of becoming perpetrators of anti-social behaviour and violence City - Spinny Hills


Spinney Hill Drugs, Alcohol and Addiction Support Addiction Support To provide one to one counselling, referrals and signposting, training and employment opportunities, social support, advice and guidance, sports session and support groups for men, women, young people and their families affected by drug and alcohol addiction in the City and County Charnwood - Mountsorrel £10,000.00
Mountsorrel Parish Council Crime Prevention and Community Safety using CCTV The introduction of a village CCTV system to monitor the isolated sites of the War Memorial (Castle Hill), Memorial Playing Fields, the Parish Rooms, Halstead Road and the Library Charnwood - Mountsorrel £10,000.00
The Exaireo Trust Mentored Addiction Support To fund a dedicated Addiction Support Worker with lived experience for 16 hours per week.  To support individuals dealing with addiction for whom mainstream help is not proving successful to overcome their reliance upon alcohol and other substances.  To provide support through 1-2-1 meetings, accompanying individuals to community support groups and facilitating an in-house support group Charnwood - Loughborough £10,000.00
Young Leicestershire Ltd Road Revolution to redesign the present road safety programme to make it more impactful to young people aged 13-19.  Delivering a minimum of 10 programmes to young people over the 12-month contract period.  To engage a minimum of 80 young people, targeting those most likely to engage in risky behaviour such as NEET individuals and those in alternative education provisions, who are at risk of being a victim or perpetrator of crime LLR £5,704.00
LMA Youth and Community Development Ltd Lives no Knives To deliver boxing and kickboxing training sessions in the Spinney Hills area of Leicester for 1 hour, 4 days per week.  To mentor participants through social and personal challengees City - Spinney Hills £10,000.00


Round 5 - Diversion from Anti-Social Behaviour and Crime



St Matthews Big Local The Big SMILE Project

To fund a Senior Sports Coach and Assistant Sports Coach for 12 hours per week; management support for one hour per week; as well as other associated costs, enabling the beneficiary to facilitate the project.

The purposes of the project is to provide diversionary activity in the form of daily sports provision for yourng people, straight after school hours until the late evening and on teh weekends.  The activities will be aimed at 10 to 21 years who live in St Matthews and East Leicester Area

City - St Matthews £13,260.00
Passion Shepshed Drop in Service

To fund 2 paid youth workers to facilitate youth drop-in sessions 3 times per week engaging 25-30 young people per session.

To provide a 'safe place' for young people with complex needs.  Providing a range of activities including pool, karaoke, arts and crafts and discussion circles as well as providing hot food and drink.  To develop the young peoples' confidence and encourage them to engage in new opportunities.

Charnwood - Shepshed £19.500.00
Pedestrian Limited We are Here

To provide face-to-face intervention sessions to girls (aged 10 to 16 years) currently working with youth services, focusing on prevention and future-focused positive engagement.  Interventions to consist of activities based around female empowerment with decisions made by young people to empower them and develop their emotional well-being.

To delivery weekly 2-hour sessions, engaging 8-12 young people in each session and 60 yung people across the whole project

City & County £19,750.00
E2 Youth Led Intervention Project

To fund a Project Lead, 6 Youth Workers, a designated Safeguarding Lead and Therapist to deliver the project.

To deliver Strand 1 to medium to high-risk young people - key workers and trained therapists will work intensively on a one-to-one basis to help the children and young people integrate into Strand 2 of the project or refer them to partner agencies.  The purpose of Strand 1 is to engage and divert high-risk young people to move away from ASB and crime and reintegrate into community projects, formal agencies as well as family networks.  39 sessions will be delivered over a 12-month period, taking place on a weekly basis.

To deliver Strand 2 to low risk young people - three social action projects that have been chosen by children and young people in a recent consultation.

  1. F.U.N.K.I.  Cafe (Fun, Unique, New, Kool, Inclusive): A cafe experience that includes cooking and eating, barista training and socialising
  2. Teenfluencers:  A social media creative development and marketing project that aims to create and spread positive messages to young people with incentives of prizes and raffles to encourage creativity and online sharing.
  3. Live the Game:  A football project that will develop football skills, improe physical fitness, encourage socialising and develop team building skills and confidence.
City - West Leicester £20,000.00
The Braunstone Foundation The Grove Community Hub To provide a range of free sport and physical acivity sessions at The Grove Community Hub for 46 weeks including; street dance, boxing and football, engaging 250 young people City - West Leicester £19,946.00
FC Belgrave Unite Leicester

The purpose of the funding is to cover the cost of 2 assistant football coaches for 1 hour per week each (for 40 weeks), football field usage and assocaited costs, a boxing coach for 1 hour per week (for 40 weeks), venue hire for boxing sessions and venue hire for addiction support drop-in sessions.

The project will include:

  • Football - providing FC Belgrave's existing schedule of football training sessions and expanding the current offering by holding new sessions in collaboration with Nirvana FC, engaging 150 young people weekly
  • Boxing - partnering with the Gurdwara Shri Guru Dashmesh Sahib to hold new regular boxing training sessions
  • Addiction Support - partnering with Jit Chauhan of 7events Local CIC to support community initiatives aimed at curbing addiction, engaging 150 young people monthly
City - East Leicester (Rushey Mead) £9,770.00
Highfields Centre Young Futures

Funding will contribute towards the cost of the staff,venue hire and the resources required to deliver the project.  The project will provide two 3-hour yough sessions weekly over 40 weeks with termly external visits during each 12 week block.  25 young people will be engaged in each session equating to 250 unique young people and 50 family members over the projects duration.

The purpose of the project is to offer diversionary activities and enable young people to engage in recreational activities alongside access to mentoring support from youth workers.  The young people will develop their understanding of risks of getting involved in criminal activity and their focus channelled into engaging in weekly activities that will aim to give young people a sense of community

City - East Leicester (Spinney Hills) £19,768.00
Wesley Hall Community Centre Preventing Anti-Social Behaviour in Spinney Hills

Funding will contribute towards a Project Coordinator, Sessional Staff and delivery costs.

The project will offer a one year 'recovery' youth service for the Spinney Hills community.  Based in Wesley Hall Community Centre, it will support yung people aged 11-16, offering structured youth sessions including sports and arts, along with direcged intervention to promote communal understanding between different sections of the community.

Group sessions will operate three times per week on Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Small groups and one-to-one support sessions will be booked on a needs basis to offer intensive support to help young people most at risk of engaging in anti-social behaviour.

The aim of the project is to get young people from all religions and back grounds to work together, to understand their differences whilst also recognising and building on their similiarities.

The project will support more than 200 young people in a year during three sessions per week for 48 weeks and offer approximately 20 young people one-to-one support and 10 small group sessions per year.

 East Leicester
(Spinney Hills)
 The Centre Project Freedom Youth Club

The purpose of the funding is to provide a Youth Worker, Assistant Youth Worker and cover associated project costs.

The project will provide a safe social space for young people to prevent isolation and boredom and sustain social networks, targeting refugees, unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people and new arrivals.  the project aims to support young people's personal and social development; improve young people's physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing; and raise young people's aspirations and build their resilience.

The Youth Club will run open drop-in sessions on Tuesday and Friday in the City Centre.  Activities ill include various indoor sporting activities and a cybercafe.

City £20,000.00
Team Hub CIC Boyz Zone

The funding will cover the costs of three members of staff, room hire, resources and refreshements.

The project will consist of a boys only session for ages 10-13 on a Thursday evening with a maximum of 10-12 young people.  30 young people will be supported over the 24-month project.  The sessions will take place at the Team Hub games room where the young people can take part in gaming and other activities available based on their interests.

Discussions will take place around the challenges the young people are facing and ways to suppor tthem to deal with issues ina more positive way.

Each young person will be allocated a mentor who will set out an individual support plan.

City - New Parks £13,000.00
Sensational Vibes Youth and Community Development Group Sensational Vives on the Street

Sensational Vibes will collaborate with Street Vibes to deliver 3 elements of youth programme to young people from Street Vibe's fully equipped vehicle.  The funding will cover the cost of three staff members, associated administration and Street Vibe bus hire.

The project will include:

  1. Diversionary activity: Music production, offering a variety of skills soft skills
  2. Mentoring: Youth workers workwith each young person, identifying challenges and goals and working out how to achieve them step by step
  3. Anti-knife crime programme: A mix of education, information, self-awareness and self-care

15, 2-hour sessions will take place over 12 months, delivered by three mentors at four crime hotspots in Leicester on weekend evenings.

City £9,375.00
Harborough District Children and Young People's Charity Crazy Times

The project is aimed at 11-19 year olds and will provde the young people with an opportunity to engage in purposeful activities in a way that is culturally appropriate and relevant to them.  They will be able to gain vocational qualifications that help to improve their soft skills and build their confidence, breaking down the barriers to employment and participation in further education.  The funding will cover the salary costs, staff costs and operational/activity costs associated with the delivery of this project.

The sessions (3 hour session, once a week on site) will take place at the Greenacres Travellers site just outside Market Harborough.  The project will be run in partnership with the Prince's Trust using their 'Achieve' programme of courses.  15-20 young people will be supported through this project over the 12-month period.