Latest Safer Communities Fund grant opens and targets crime prevention (30 Aug 2016)

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West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund has opened for applications with £140,000 available for good causes.

The latest grant round has a crime prevention theme and projects are invited to apply that:

  • Put crime prevention at the forefront of efforts to reduce the opportunity for crime for example acquisitive crime (such as burglary and car crime), violent crime, business crime and anti-social behaviour.
  • Provide security solutions for community projects, properties or community enterprises.
  • Provide crime prevention support to communities and organisations such as school/colleges, businesses and the third sector.
  • Early intervention projects helping to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour.

The Safer Communities Fund is financed by money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA secured by police and prosecutors) which is fed into this single pot exclusively for local community safety initiatives.

The Safer Communities Fund has been a huge success since it launched in February 2014. So far over 300 projects from across West Yorkshire have benefited from over £1.3million.

Supporting and safeguarding victims and vulnerable people, increasing opportunities for young people, working with offenders to reduce re-offending, preventing crime, and tackling anti-social behaviour are just a few examples of funded projects. For full details of funded projects visit /safer-communities-fund/successful-applications.aspx

Mark Burns-Williamson said "I am delighted that we have been able to give so much money back to our communities for invaluable projects and services, especially at a time when austerity and budget cuts are biting hard.

"This round has a crime prevention theme and money will be allocated to projects who can demonstrate they are working specifically towards preventing crime. Investing in crime prevention is key to making sure our communities are safer and feel safer.

"However the fund isn't just about the grant, we also actively encourage partnership working between groups and organisations who often make new contacts at the fund awards evening.

"I want this money to go as far as possible and reach as many groups as possible so if you know of a project that could use some funding please urge them to have a look at the Safer Communities Fund. Grants can be applied for up to a maximum of £5000 and there is no lower limit.

"Without the tireless efforts of West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors in locating and seizing the proceeds of crime from criminals this fund couldn't run and their work is very much appreciated."

Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins, said: "The Safer Communities Fund reinforces that crime does not pay. By reinvesting seized criminal assets we can support safer communities to make a real difference in their area.

"I would encourage any organisation that feels they meet the necessary criteria to apply for a grant. I hope this money seized from those who cause harm to our communities can now be used for the benefit of all our diverse communities"

To find out more about the Safer Communities Fund including how to apply visit /safer-communities-fund.aspx or call 01924 294000. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 23 September.

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