The Commissioner's Youth Diversion Fund offers community organisations, charities and groups the chance to apply for a one-off cash boost of up to £5,000 for grassroots initiatives offering safe and engaging activities for young people.

All the money goes towards projects that are making a difference in their communities and are helping to deliver the Commissioner's policing priorities for tackling crime and reducing disorder.

This funding comes from the Police Property Act Fund which allows for the sale of property which has come into the police's possession, but where the owner cannot be identified or where a court order has been made.

This funding is focussed on projects that help to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour and crime, particularly over the busy summer months when these incidences traditionally spike.

What the Commissioner is looking for:

  • Projects which allow the local community to tackle the problems in their neighbourhoods themselves;
  • Projects organised by charities, community groups or social enterprises based anywhere in Merseyside;
  • Projects which include as many sections of the community as possible;
  • Projects that can demonstrate that they will make a difference to their community;

Projects should meet at least one of the Police  Commissioner’s priorities:

  • Fighting Crime; Proactive Policing;Community Foundation logo
  • Supporting Victims; Safer Communities;
  • Driving Change; Prevent Offending.

The Commissioner's fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside (CFM), which gives individuals and organisations the opportunity to give to deserving causes in Merseyside and Lancashire. 

All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 4pm on Friday 2nd June 2023.

Please note, this fund is currently closed.