Commissioner Charles has set aside £120,000 from the income derived by criminal acts in 2013/14, as part of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) .
The new NICE (Neighbourhoods Investing Criminal Earnings) Fund will be open to any organisation based in Derbyshire or Derby who can deliver a community capital project which will leave a lasting legacy for communities
Bids of up to £40,000 are invited funding will be limited to three projects - one project per policing area to achieve geographical coverage.
Examples of such projects could be facilities such as an outdoor gym, play equipment, seating or a community classroom.
All applications must provide clear evidence of need for the project together with evidence of support for the project from the local community. Applications must also provide examples of proposed community involvement in the delivery or maintenance of the project.
Announcing the NICE Fund, Commissioner Charles said: “Our POCA officers work very hard to ensure that crime doesn’t pay in Derbyshire and I’m delighted that through their tenacity and commitment we are able to reinvest the ill-gotten gains of criminals in the County into making our communities safer.
The Commissioner added: “Offenders should never be allowed to profit from their criminal activities and it is only right and just that we pursue them to recover their illegal gains and redistribute this money into pressing areas of crime prevention.”
The Proceeds of Crime Act strikes at the heart of organised crime, providing police officers with the powers to seize cash and recover the valuable assets that have been bought by criminals through their illegal profits including property, cars and jewellery.
The proposed time scales in relation to the NICE fund can be found in the table below. Pre-Application forms can be found in the accompanying literature section.
Please note, applications should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 noon on 1st May 2015. Any applications received after this deadline will not be considered.
| Proposed timeframe for NICE Applications||Proposed dates |
| Applications open
|| 23rd March 2015
| Submission of outline proposal
|| 1st May 2015
||15th May 2015
|Submission of full bids
||10th July 2015
|PCC makes final decisions and applicants notified
||31st July 2015
Awarded NICE Grants
The table below provides details of the organisations who have been awarded grants from the NICE fund. A copy of each grant agreement can be viewed by clicking on the relevant links.
| Organisation|| Amount|| Project||Policing Division|
||Improvement to club facilities
|Friends of New Mills Parks
||Redevelopment of Bowden Crescent Park, Ollersett
|Chesterfield Canal Trust
||To purchase a new boat (Shell only)
|Mackworth Estate Community Association
||Final stages of refurbishment of centre
Wilmorton Residents Association
||To provide equipment to secure the renovated site
Artcore Project (Details will be published shortly)
||Open hands projects
City of London Police (Details will be published shortly)
||Contribution to Police Arboretum Memorial
NICE Pre-Application Form
Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire Alan Charles introduces the NICE fund below.