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Vulnerability Fund

Launch of Round 2 - January 2021


The Commissioner's Vulnerability Fund which has been setup to improve the lives and safety of vulnerable people and their families across Derbyshire has reopened for new applications after it was inundated with pleas for help. 

Through the first round, almost £342K has been awarded to charities and community groups to protect vulnerable individuals and their dependents from crime, victimisation and exploitation.

The Commissioner was flooded with requests for grants in the first phase of the scheme which closed in October 2020 – exposing the hardship and financial difficulties many projects are facing during the pandemic – and has set aside cash usually earmarked for his Community Action Grant to extend support for those who need it mostIn the second phase of this funding initiative approximately £275K is available for projects which support the PCC’s ambition to create safer, more engaged communities.

The funding will be invested in projects which tackle the wider social issues that contribute to crime and provide practical help rather than operational policing initiatives that directly cut crime.

What is available?


Grants are available from £50 up to £25K to support and improve lives and make Derbyshire a safer place to live.This fund helps both individuals and groups, protecting people, helping victims and keeping crime at bay. From tackling ASB, making property more secure, protecting those who are vulnerable for any reason to supporting sustainable community projects, this fund can help.

To make sure the money is used where it will make a real difference, you need to tell us where the problems are.The Commissioner will prioritise schemes and ideas that make people less vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime.There are micro-grants (of between £50 and £1K) administered by local Councils for Voluntary Services (CVS) organisations which will help, for example, to make homes more secure and ensure vulnerable people are given the help that they need. Larger grants (of between £1k and £25K) are available to make a real and lasting impact in local communities.


The deadline for large grant applications is Friday 26 February 2021

Important Information concerning the fund

Please note, for any initiatives aimed at specifically addressing Domestic Abuse or diversionary activity for young people, please contact the office BEFORE making an application. Alternative funding may be available. Contact the Commissioning Team: sarah.greensmith@derbyshire.police.uk or jack.foster@derbyshire.police.uk


The Vulnerability fund:

  • is Derbyshire-wide including Derby City

  • can be used for meeting capital or revenue costs

  • is available to the Voluntary and community sectors, charities and non-profit making associations on behalf of the individuals and communities they work with. In addition, Parish Councils can apply. 

Are you eligible?

  • Your group/organisation must have a set of rules, memorandum of understanding or Constitution (governing document)

  • Your group/organisation must have an active management team/board of Trustees of at least three people who are unrelated

  • Your group/organisation must have a bank account in the name of the group with at least two unrelated signatories.

To download an application pack and a copy of the standard grant conditions, please click on the links below. They are available in MS Word or PDF format. 


To help you we have produced these quick videos including a recording from an information evening. Click on the box and a popup window will take you to Youtube.




Application Form Download 
 MS Word - Large Grant Application Pack  PDF - Large Grant Application Pack
 MS Word - Grant Conditions   PDF - Grant Conditions 



To obtain an application pack for a smaller grant (of between £50 and £1k) and read more about the criteria, please contact the respective CVS in which you reside using the details in the table below. 

CVS Contacts

 Resident of:Contact phone     

 Amber Valley 

 01773 512076


 01909 476118

Chesterfield & NED

01246 274844

Derbyshire Dales

01629 812154


0115 946 6740

High Peak

01663 735350

Derby City

01332 346266

South Derbyshire

01283 219761




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