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POCA Grants now available!

Applications open from 1st April 2021 

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) has funding available for groups that want to raise awareness of the issues of illegal money lending.

The money available has come from the proceeds of crime taken from convicted loan sharks.

You can download an application form and find answers to our frequently asked questions below.

Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund Application Form 2021-22

Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund – FAQs

Who can apply?      

We welcome funding bids from local residents, charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies.

What can you spend the money on?

Funds can be spent on any worthwhile community project that meets the following criteria:

  • Contributes to raising the awareness of the dangers of using loan sharks
  • Prevents crime and disorder and publicises the Stop Loan Sharks message
  • Promotes the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) in communities
  • Encourages reporting of loan sharks

Full funding criteria can be found on the application form. 

The fund has 4 main objectives:

Innovative – Community Engagement – Impact – Legacy

Examples of previous successful applications

Below are examples of successful projects that have been funded by POCA.

Mako Create – Widnes Market

Mako Create engaged with the local community to design and deliver an awareness mural on the floor of Widnes market.

stop loan sharks mural

Salvation Army – James Lee House Lifehouse

James Lee House successfully bidded for a grant worth thousands of pounds in order to protect its users from loan sharks.

The homeless shelter delivered a series of art therapy workshops highlighting the dangers of illegal money lending.

An ‘army of sharks’ was made during the workshops and the sculptures were displayed at an art exhibition in Golden Square Shopping Centre.

army of sharks sculptures

Northfield Community Partnership 

Northfield Community Partnership successfully bidded for grant funding for their ‘No Sharks At The Beach Day’ event to raise awareness in the community of the dangers of using loan sharks.

IMLT mascot Sid the Shark joined local debt agencies and credit unions to speak to families about loan sharks and safe borrowing.

Headway Swindon

The charity used proceeds of crime money to deliver a sea-inspired project to protect their service users from falling victim to loan sharks.

Members of Headway Swindon’s Day Centre created a sea-life inspired wall display, which included a myriad of fish and sea creatures, as well as sharks hunting for treasure and fishermen on the lookout for money.

headway swindon fish display

If you need any help completing your funding bid, please contact us or speak to your local LIAISE Officer.

Apply for Proceeds of Crime funding for your project!