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Commissioner opens the door to small grant applications to tackle crime

Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has announced new opportunities for community groups to apply for crime reduction funding to enhance their work.

The latest round of the Commissioner’s Community Action Small Grants scheme is underway which invites community groups and non-profit organisations to apply for a grant of up to £2,500 to help them achieve their community safety goals.

The Commissioner ring-fenced £275,000 from his annual budget for grassroots crime prevention work - £200,000 which is allocated in large grants of up to £25,000 once a year and £75,000 to be shared among smaller projects in grants of up to £2,500 in three separate rounds.

Community groups have until March 1 to apply for a small grant for projects delivered in the next 12 months. Further rounds will close on July 1 and November 1 this year. Details can be found here.

Announcing the grants, Mr Dhindsa said: “Community work provides a vital link in the path towards safer and cohesive communities. Many organisations are finding it difficult to sustain their services with little external funding available and my small grant scheme aims to not only protect this valuable community safety work but also to enhance it.

“Keeping our towns, villages and communities crime-free is a joint venture and I’m grateful for the hard work that goes on at ground level to create safer living environments. I’m looking forward to receiving applications from organisations which are passionate about bringing communities together, giving people a purpose and skills and those that support the safer Derbyshire ethos.”

The Commissioner has outlined a number of key priorities in the journey towards safer communities. These include keeping vulnerable people safe from harm, supporting victims, maintaining strong and effective partnership working, tackling drugs and alcohol and working with young people to tackle repeat victimisation and prevent reoffending.

The Commissioner chose four organisations to share £9,245 in the first round of his Community Action Small Grants scheme, which closed in November 2016.

Recipients included Ashbourne Road and District Allotment Association which received £1,990 for site security to reduce crime, Salcare for its Escape Domestic Abuse Service which received £2,255, 1st Draycott and Wilne Scout Group which received £2,500 for a security initiative at Draycott Leisure Green and Hilton Youth Group which was allocated £2,500.

In his large grant allocation, the Commissioner received 47 applications worth a value of £1.07m.

The Commissioner was so impressed with three of the applications and how they underpinned the priority areas of his Police and Crime Plan he offered them a three-year funding arrangement outside of the grant initiative to sustain their services for a longer period.

These comprise the award-winning Rhubarb Farm which received £20,000 for training, the Eastern European Networks CIC which received £25,000 for its EEN Centre, and the Padley Group which received £20,000 for engagement work at its After Hours Homeless Centre.

The three projects will receive a combined total of £65,000 annually for the next three years.

Meanwhile, 10 projects shared a total of £206,280 in the Commissioner’s Community Action Large Grant Scheme.

 

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Media Enquiries:    Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401

 

 

Posted on Wednesday 25th January 2017
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