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Police Property Fund sales to boost community projects

More than £10,000 received from the sale of property recovered by Derbyshire Constabulary will be given to community projects across Derbyshire, Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles has agreed.

Charitable causes that help to reduce crime or anti-social behaviour will benefit from the proceeds made available by the Police Property Act Fund.

At his Strategic Governance Board meeting on Monday (19 May), the Commissioner agreed that the £17,772 raised from the sales of recovered, lost or abandoned property was being used and distributed wisely.

Derbyshire Community Foundation’s Grassroots Fund will invest its share of £10,217 and use interest earned for small grants to community projects. Some of the remaining proceeds from the Police Property Act Fund will be retained in case of future claims, while the rest will go towards administration, the upkeep of stores and to the Mutual Welfare Fund.

Speaking after the meeting Deputy Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa, who reviews applications for funding with two fellow trustees, said: “Applicants for the funding must meet at least one of four criteria which are based on supporting activities that help to build safer, stronger communities. This might be, for example, activities that support vulnerable young people who are either at risk of committing crime or becoming the victims of crime.”

Among the dozen projects receiving grants ranging from £250 to £500 last year were ACE Personal Safety Training who received two grants totalling £950 to cover a variety of expenses such as sports workers and facilities, Ripley Residents Association and a number of community sport and leisure groups for children and young people.  The importance of such funding is illustrated by Ripley Music Festival who used their £500 to support work to ensure that activities held on a Friday focusing on children and young people, could go ahead.

To Contact the Derbyshire Community Foundation, please call 01773 514850.

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Posted on Tuesday 20th May 2014
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