About Safer Kent

Safer Kent (previously known as the Kent People’s Trust) is working hard to make Kent and Medway safer places by providing much needed support for local crime prevention and community safety projects.

Established in 2000 by a group of public and private organisations, the Trust has donated over £600,000 to local projects in Kent and Medway that are helping to prevent crime, and genuinely improve the safety and well being of local communities. We have helped a whole range of individuals and organisations providing everything from youth clubs to security education and provision for the elderly, graffiti cleanup to assistance with funds for women’s refuge shelters, youth mentoring to drug rehabilitation schemes.

We have supported projects across the county from Rainham to Tunbridge Wells, New Romney to Medway.

Wherever people are working together to make Kent a safer, happier and better places to live for everyone, Safer Kent is working alongside them.

If you’re looking for a grant please visit our contact us page and fill in the available form.

Our aims

  • The advancement of education for the public benefit in all matters relating to crime prevention, community safety, alcohol, drug and other solvent abuse or any matter affecting crime in the community.
  • The advancement of education for the public benefit in all matters relating to crime prevention, community safety, alcohol, drug and other solvent abuse or any matter affecting crime in the community. To support projects concerned with matters of community safety, community crime prevention and reduction, that are targeted at diverting young people from anti-social behaviour or criminal activity.

Only projects supporting people living, working or visiting Kent and Medway can be considered.

Who can apply?

Organisations will be eligible for funding if:
  • Their project fits in with the aims and objectives of the Trust as shown above.
  • Their project takes place within Kent or Medway.
They should be either:
  • A charitable body;
  • A voluntary body; or
  • A community based partnership (May include Public Bodies, Sports or Cultural Groups0.
The organisation should as a minimum have a bank account and a constitution or memorandum of agreement outlining their purpose.

What types of projects will Safer Kent support?

Grants will be available to support education programmes or diversion programmes in relation to activities where there are identified young people where early preventative activities will have an impact on further behaviour. These programmes must include the reinforcement of school attendance, where applicable, and the monitoring of behaviour during and after the programme period ends.

Health, sport, art or general education projects not related to crime prevention will not be supported.

Please note that it is not sufficient to state that the provision of an activity will prevent the people involved from committing crime in the future, as this could apply to any lawful activity.

How much can I apply for?

Grants – typically grants range from £500 – £2,500. Please complete an application form and submit before the application deadline. In exceptional circumstances, the Board may consider applications over these amounts. You may apply more than once a year but not to the same Trustees meeting.

Small Grants Programme – We also run a small grants programme with grants from £50 to £500. These grants are available to community groups who might require small amounts of money for things like one off projects or printing costs for a crime prevention leaflet. The application process is as simple as possible, and we encourage you to apply.

Is there a requirement for match funding?

Trustees may use their discretion and allocate a grant upon the condition that other funding will be in place or provided by the recipient.

Can I apply for routine running costs?

Trust funding can be used to cover the costs of a specific project. Funding will not normally be given to cover the normal running costs of an organisation or to provide site security, building or routine maintenance work.

Can I apply for funds if I am working with a police officer or Councils?

Yes, Safer Kent actively encourages applicants to work with local councils, Police Officers and Wardens when developing their projects and they can apply on behalf of or in partnership with community organisations. In such circumstances, the proposed initiative should fall within the boundaries of non-core council or policing activities (i.e. those activities that the council or police force would not normally be expected to carry out and pay for). Grant cheques are preferably awarded to the community/voluntary organisation itself.

The Trustees encourage partnership working – so where applicable, please do include other groups who are helping you with your work e.g. Kent Police, other charities or groups or the Council Warden.

The application process :

Applications should be submitted to:
Director, Safer Kent, Police Headquarters, Sutton Road, Maidstone ME15 9BZ or Email saferkent@kent.pnn.police.uk

Copies of the application form are available on the Safer Kent web site (www.kentpeoplestrust.org.uk) and from the address shown above.

If appropriate and completed correctly, applications will be presented to the Trustees Board for decision. Applicants may be asked to send a representative to present the application and to answer questions from the Board. The representative must therefore be familiar with the details of the application. The Board meets three times a year.

Safer Kent will require interim progress reports during the development of the project and an evaluation report on completion.

Completing the application form

Safer Kent has a vested interest in the projects it supports, therefore an application should not only describe the aims and objectives of a project and also provide a means of measuring progress. A good project submission will involve the following:

  • Detailed thought, research and identification of the issue to be resolved or targeted.
  • Clear expression and simplicity
  • Honest and realistic appraisal of the objectives and benefits
  • A regular monitoring and evaluation programme that includes dates when it will start and expected to end (if applicable).
  • All sections should, wherever possible, give an idea of expected numbers of people involved or outcomes expressed as quantities.

A well put together Project submission will not only help Safer Kent correctly assess the applicant’s project it will also act as an ongoing framework for the project itself.
Ensure that you include:

  • What the issue that you are addressing is;
  • How you think you can help to improve / solve the problem.
  • What will the end result look like, in relation to the participants and maybe the community.
  • Details of what funds you will need

It may be useful to include:

  • A schedule listing critical success factors, key events or action dates and key personnel. Remember to be accurate and realistic in your assumptions.
  • Where partners are working with you what their involvement is.
  • A full breakdown of the projected costs and how the Safer Kent grant will be used to meet these.
  • Any potential downsides that may occur, and what the planned reaction to these would be. Including these suggests a researched realistic approach.
  • A good You Tube guide to completing applications has been compiled by SportEd. and is applicable to almost all grant applications : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3fY-ggMYzg&list=PLvFFUOoaGWtcO7I1A8tHMibJ5ve2J7ArMolice.uk/

Application deadlines 2016

Board Meetings 2016Application Deadline
Thursday 24 March 2016 (AGM)Tuesday 1 March 2016
Thursday 21 July 2016Friday 24 June 2016
Thursday 24 November 2016Monday 31 October 2016

Monitoring and review

Projects that are successful in receiving funding from Safer Kent will be expected to provide a position statement and evaluation of the project, at an appropriate future date. This will usually require the use of measurement programmes such as Sports Works or other external evaluation programmes.

Where relevant, this evaluation should include both qualitative and quantitative measures of output that are both directly and indirectly linked to the project including any problems with the project (e.g. management, staffing, resources, etc.)

A representative from the partnership may be requested to attend a meeting of the Board of Trustees, to give an evaluation of the project.

Members of the Board may also, from time to time, request that they visit the project to review progress and provide encouragement.

Sponsorship recognition

Organisations that are successful in obtaining funds from Safer Kent must acknowledge this fact on all publicity, literature, and displays, presentations associated with the project. They should also be prepared to support the Trust in gaining recognition within the Kent community and business sectors.

Failure to appropriately indicate Safer Kent’s support and financial sponsorship of the community safety initiative may result in a request that any funds allocated be returned and future applications disregarded.

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