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 £9million 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) 2024/27

Voluntary and Community groups, registered charities and statutory organisations across Northern Ireland are being invited to apply for Assets Recovery Community Scheme (ARCS) funding to prevent crime or reduce the fear of crime. 



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