Cleveland currently has the highest number of deliberately set fires in the country – 85% of our fire calls are to deliberate fires.

If you are a local community group we need your help to address this issue.  We know where the fires are happening; we need your help to prevent them.

We are looking for projects with innovative approaches to engaging people who are setting fires or projects that reduce the opportunity for arsonists to start fires.

We are offering small grants and you can apply for any amount up to a maximum of £3,000. We expect projects to be completed within 12 months of the grant being issued.

Your application must tell us what you want to do and why you believe this approach will help us achieve our priorities.

All projects will be involved with evaluation to see if their work has had a positive impact upon reducing deliberate fires. We also have a growing issue of people in our communities being abusive or violent to staff when they come out to extinguish fires started deliberately.

We are looking for projects that will help us tackle these issues to make our communities and our staff safer. We encourage applicants to think outside of the box and take a creative approach to meeting our funding requirements. All applications must address at least one of our priorities listed below:

  1. Reduce the number of deliberate fires set
  2. Reduce the opportunity for arsonists to start fires
  3. Reduce the incidence of violence to staff

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Wednesday 02 March 2022.

In the meantime if you would like more information about this scheme please email: smallgrants@clevelandfire.gov.uk