Rachel Grime and Hardyal Dhindsa
Every bit helps
Derbyshire Community Foundation (DCF) has welcomed a contribution of £6,414.00 to its Grassroots Fund which was awarded by the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner thanks to the Police Property Act Fund.
The Fund aims to improve the quality of life for Derbyshire residents by supporting activities that help to build safer, stronger communities.
Today (Friday 9 Aug) Deputy Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa met with DCF Chief Executive Rachael Grime to formally present her with the cheque.
Rachael Grime said: “We are delighted that the Police and Crime Commissioner is continuing to support the work of Derbyshire Community Foundation in this way. The money donated to the DCF’s Grassroots Fund enables us to make grants to local groups and projects which are working hard to building safer and stronger communities for us all.”
Hardyal Dhindsa added: “The Derbyshire Community Foundation helps a lot of interesting and effective groups which are aiming to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the community. It’s important that we remember the smaller groups and organisations when we consider funding issues. Big is not always best as many of the projects supported by the Foundation prove year in year out.”
The Foundation will invest the money and the interest earned is awarded in small grants to community projects.
Mr Dhindsa, in his position as Deputy Commissioner, is a trustee to the DCF Grant Awards Panel and he will review applications for funding with fellow trustees Mr David Coleman and Mr Roger Flint, both formerly of Derbyshire Constabulary.
The maximum grant per application is currently £500 and to apply for funding applicants must match at least one of the following criteria.
Activities that help to reduce anti-social behaviour and other causes of crime within communities
Activities that support vulnerable young people who are either at risk of committing crime or becoming the victims of crime
Projects that promote personal and/or community safety
Projects that help to improve local communities either through an activity that brings everybody in the community together or through improving the community physically (renovating a building or creating a new community space).
Monies in the Police Property Fund are used to make payments to charitable causes as agreed by the Police and Crime Commissioner. This is money received from the sale of property which has been recovered by the Constabulary, is not subject to the Proceeds of Crime Act and when the rightful owner cannot be traced.
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Posted on Saturday 10th August 2013