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Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles has revealed details of his first Crime Prevention Fund which offers cash support to crime prevention organisations.Commissioner Charles has a total of £250,000 in funding to allocate to community groups, public sector bodies or charitable organisations which share his vision for a safer Derbyshire and support the priorities outlined in his Police and Crime Plan.In the first phase of the funding programme, organisations in Derbyshire have until May 1 to apply for a share of more than £80,000 to help boost their efforts to address crime and tackle the social problems behind offending. This will be followed by two further opportunities in July and October.Applicants can apply for a maximum grant of £25,000 while smaller grants of up to £5,000 are also available. Any organisation which applies for a grant of £5,000 or more will need to provide evidence of their success and provide frequent progress updates during the year. Those who are awarded smaller grants below £5,000 will be asked to provide evidence of their results by the end of the financial year.The final decision on who receives funding will be made by Commissioner Charles following assessments of bids from Derbyshire County Council Safer Communities Board officers and the Neighbourhoods Partnership Board of Derby City Council. Commissioner Charles said: “This fund will provide funding to promote both partnership working and local community groups to find local solutions and help us all to deliver the objectives of my Police and Crime Plan at a very local level. They will undoubtedly strengthen the work currently taking place to make Derbyshire safer.“When I came to this role, I made it clear that fighting crime under my governance would be about shared responsibility and collective working. This fund allows me to directly support those organisations which are providing a valuable contribution to public protection whether this is in relation to alcohol crime, anti-social behaviour, drug addiction or supporting vulnerable victims and witnesses.“In this new policing landscape, more emphasis is being placed on early intervention measures and I am particularly keen to ensure those projects which offer an alternative life path for offenders have the resources they need to keep up the good work. I am mindful however that we don’t have a bottomless pot of money and for this reason I aim to evaluate the results on a regular basis to ensure we are investing wisely.”Details on how community organisations can apply for the funding are available at www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk.
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