New round of grants for Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund (1 Sept 2015)

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A new round of grants for the Police and Crime Commissioner's Safer Communities Fund opens today (1st September). The grants are provided using money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act within West Yorkshire. Local organisations and groups can apply for up to £5000. Around £140,000 has been made available for this round of grants. So far a total of over £850,000 has been given to 191 groups across West Yorkshire. 

Mark Burns Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: "I originally launched the Safer Communities Fund to bring together money seized from criminals across West Yorkshire into a single pot which will benefit the local communities.

"There is an incredible demand for funding to pay for community projects from a very diverse and varied audience across West Yorkshire, which will help people be safer and feel safer.

"I would urge any organisations or groups that feel they meet the criteria for the grants to apply. We have helped some very worthwhile causes in the previous years and I hope this year will see more."

Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said. "The Proceeds of Crime Act allows us to hit criminals where it hurts and the Safer Communities Fund enables some of those recovered assets to be given back to help communities which have been hurt by them."

Each submission must meet the priorities and outcomes outlined in the PCC's Police and Crime Plan - these can be found at /our-business/the-police-crime-plan.aspx

Successful bidders will be invited to a Community event where they will be presented with their money.

Bids for money under the Safer Communities Fund can be made on-line or can be downloaded from the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner's website /safer-communities-fund/how-to-apply.aspx

The closing date for applications is Friday, 25th September.

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