Community Cash Back Fund

Cash Back Fund

Merseyside Police has launched a Community Cash Back Fund, which utilises money obtained through the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). We are using this money to support specific community projects and operations, crime reduction initiatives and promote diversionary activities. 

Previous successful funding was awarded to the following applicants in December 2016:

Project Amount Awarded Brief Summary of Project Media

St Helens Skate Park


To design and install an urban skate-scape within St Helens. This designed space will provide both a safe area for the skaters, as well as a place for the community to enjoy.


Speke Gro-Zone Community Garden


The aim of the project is to develop a currently derelict site into a functioning community garden that uses gardening and food as a catalyst to engage the local community and deliver wider social, economic and environmental benefit. 

Merseyside Police

Made in Liverpool



Viking Centre and Youth Club


The funding will be used to provide two youth club sessions per week for juniors and seniors exposing them to new activities, sporting or otherwise. They will also work  with the Local Policing Community Officers to provide joint educational sessions about the crime issues affecting the local community.

Merseyside Police

Wirral Globe

Everton in the Community


The project is an extension of the Kicks programme which has and continues to evidence reduced anti-social behaviour, crime and reduced calls for service during session times. This new pilot programme provides additional support to those more vulnerable and offers a wrap-around service for people who have been on the Kicks Programme.


The Young Persons Opportunity Project


They will use their funding to facilitate a drop in Youth provision in Speke Community Centre three evenings per week to give young people (12-20 year olds) a safe place to meet, socialise and learn informally through activity.

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Phoenix Youth and Community Club


They requested funding to build a purpose built structure on the site where they could introduce a number of activities including a regular youth club, sporting activities such as basketball, football (for all ages and disabled children) and for the wider community coffee mornings and bingo evenings.


Take a look at the media coverage for our POCA projects.

Next Funding Round

This round of funding has now closed.

Full details of the bidding process and procedure can be found on the right hand side of this page and the time frame for reference is below:  

Funding Round

Opens to applicants

Closes to applicants

Shortlisting process

Panel Date*

Notification Date

Round 1

18th September 2017

13th October 2017

27th October 2017

27th November 2017

4th December 2017

Applications must demonstrate how the project will contribute to the outcomes and priorities contained in the Police Commissioner's Police and Crime Plan:

  • Prevent crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Provide a visible and accessible neighbourhood policing style
  • Tackle serious and organised crime
  • Support victims, protect vulnerable people and maintain public safety
  • Work with partners to improve road safety

How to Apply

The application form can be accessed here. Prior to completing the application form please ensure that you have read the guidance notes, which provide more details on the process and procedure. It is essential that all applicants have a police sponsor, and this is further detailed in the guidance notes.

As noted above, the deadline for applications to be completed is 13th October 2017. Fully completed applications should be sent back to or via post to:

Laura Wild, 
Merseyside Police CSD,
Canning Place,
L1 8JX 

Also attached are the Terms and Conditions for successful applicants, which are provided for information at this stage only.

The above scheme is funded by the Proceeds of Crime Act under which criminals can have their illegal earnings and possessions taken away if there is a genuine suspicion that these were obtained illegally – and the individual cannot prove differently. Find out more about the Proceeds of Crime Act here.

Why Should They? - Proceeds of Crime Act

There are criminals in our community who are living off the proceeds of their crime – at our expense.  Why should they?

Where a group or individual suspects someone of living off the proceeds of crime they can call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit their website which is


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