Projects designed to help reduce crime and disorder in Derbyshire are being invited by Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles to apply for a slice of his annual funding scheme from Monday (27 April).
The Commissioner has a total of £250,000 to give away from his Crime Prevention Fund. He will make his awards to successful applicants who will work with him to deliver his priorities at a local level.
“Derbyshire is fortunate in benefiting from a wide range of organisations run and supported by people who are committed to crime reduction and to helping victims of crime,” he said. “We are lucky to have some excellent schemes in place around the county, and my hope is that my latest round of funding will encourage yet more creative and workable schemes that promote community safety.”
This is the third year that the Commissioner has invited applications for a share of his Fund – money that is intended to make Derbyshire and its diverse communities safer. Public sector, community groups and third sector organisations can apply for either a Small Grant of up to £5,000 or a Large Grant of between £5,000 and £25,000 to assist with projects running for a maximum of 12 months from 1 September.
Applicants will need to show evidence that their work supports the Commissioner’s specific crime reduction goals and delivers tangible benefits in line with the priorities in his Police and Crime Plan. This includes support for victims and early intervention schemes designed to divert and overcome offender behaviours.
“Over the years I have seen some great results arising from projects set up to divert criminals away from a life of crime,” he commented. “And I have been similarly impressed by groups helping victims cope with, recover from and move on from their experiences.
“None of these groups run on fresh air, but work extremely hard in helping to keep our communities safe. Many projects rely heavily on volunteers who give their time, their experience and their compassion both freely and on a regular basis. I am most grateful for their continuing contribution to safety in our city and county, and thank them for the difference that they undoubtedly make to us all.”
Applications for funding will close on 5 June, the Commissioner making his final decisions and notifying successful applicants on 24 July. All projects need to be delivered by 31 August next year. Applicants should note that in contrast to previous years for efficiency purposes it is intended that this year the Fund is being allocated in just one round of applications. More details on how to apply for the funding are available at www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk
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Posted on Monday 27th April 2015