The Community Safety Initiatives Fund is open to local groups with the aim of improving the safety of residents and address violence and vulnerability.

Grants from £500 up to £2,000 will be available and the fund is open to:

  • voluntary and community organisations
  • registered charities
  • charitable incorporated organisations
  • not-for-profit companies limited by guarantee
  • community interest companies
  • town, parish, or community councils

Groups will need to show that their projects will improve or promote public safety in their local community. The full criteria is available on application but projects will be considered that:

  • prevent crime or reduce anti-social behaviour. Examples include improving home or personal safety or tackling crime in rural areas
  • physically improve anti-social behaviour hotspots
  • help improve safety in the night-time economy
  • prevent people becoming involved with criminal behaviour or anti-social behaviour
  • support local communities and encourage volunteering
  • support community events for over 250 people

Please note that this fund is only open to projects within the geographical area covered by Essex County Council and not open to those within Southend & Thurrock.

Information about the fund is available on the Essex County Council website –

The application form, including full criteria and terms & conditions is via this MS Form –

Applications close at 11.45pm 12 May.