Assets Recovery Community Scheme

Since the start of the scheme in 2012, half of the total proceeds of crime recovered through the payment of confiscation orders have been directed to the Assets Recovery Community Scheme (ARCS) fund to support projects that prevent crime or reduce the fear of crime. The other half is allocated to relevant law enforcement agencies to invest in asset recovery capabilities.

The ARCS fund is managed by the Department of Justice Protection and Organised Crime Division.  Funding decisions are made by an ARCS panel. 

ARCS funding underpins the DoJ commitment to work in partnership to create a fair, just and safe community where we respect the law and each other.

Since 2012 we have been able to distribute in excess of  £5million to a wide range of projects across Northern Ireland.

Purpose of the Assets Recovery Community Scheme (ARCS)

The purpose of the ARCS fund is to support initiatives that will prevent crime or reduce the fear of crime and so contribute to safer communities where we respect the law, and each other. ARCS funding is not intended to serve as gap funding or to support salary costs in the long term however it could be used to provide start-up funding to projects that will be ongoing, or one-off funding to time-limited projects.  It is not intended to fund capital projects or schemes already funded or delivered through other service providers.   

Organisations applying for funding must clearly demonstrate how their project will directly benefit victims, communities and/or the environment.

Assets Recovery Community Scheme (ARCS) 2021/22

Applications are invited from voluntary and community organisations, registered charities and statutory organisations seeking to deliver projects in community settings.  In the context of the Covid-19 recovery period, this interim funding will cover the remainder of 2021/22, from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

Applications for the 2021/22 scheme are open from 24 August 2021 to 13 September 2021 at 5pm.



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