As the pinch on funding streams continues, Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles is reminding community groups who share his aim to keep the county safe to apply for funding – or risk losing out.
Commissioner Charles has made it clear that the people working at ground level to reduce crime and disorder in Derbyshire, including the county’s army of Special Constables, volunteers and community workers, are key to reducing crime rates and making people safer.
The Commissioner has issued a reminder to local community safety organisations to bid for funding to strengthen their own crime reduction efforts and expand grassroots intervention across the county.
A total of £250,000 will be awarded to successful applicants in 2014-15 as part of the Commissioner’s Crime Prevention Fund. Candidates will need to show evidence their work supports the Commissioner’s specific crime reduction goals and delivers tangible benefits to victims, offenders and the public.
Commissioner Charles said: “Derbyshire relies on a whole host of passionate, driven people who care about this county and want to make it safer. I’ve very publicly supported an approach that focuses on early intervention to overcome criminal behaviour patterns and I’m keen to hear from locally-run groups and projects which can help me to deliver this.
“There are already some great examples of work taking place to divert potential criminals away from a life of crime and this funding will expand the contribution they make to community safety in the future. However, community organisations need to act swiftly as there is just a month left until the deadline for applications closes.”
Commissioner Charles has pledged to improve the response victims of crime receive from police and criminal justice agencies as part of his Police and Crime Plan. Part of his vision for delivering better services to victims in the future includes a plan to expand the support provision currently available to help them recover and move on from their experiences, particularly victims of domestic violence which is another high priority issue. It is hoped the funding will help facilitate this.
The funding will be delivered in two separate rounds of £125,000 each and grants up to a maximum of £25,000 are available for the right projects.
Local organisations and community groups interested in applying for funding should visit the Commissioner’s website at http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Public-Information/Grants/Crime-Prevention-Grants.aspx
The closing date for applications for the first round of funding is 1 May 2014 while the second round will run from 10 July to 12 September 2014. The Commissioner will ask Derbyshire County and Derby City Council to review applications during the decision-making process.
Posted on Tuesday 8th April 2014