The Safer Communities Fund is back with £140,000 up for grabs (7 Oct 2019)

£140,000 is available for community groups in the latest round the Police and Crime Commissioner's Safer Communities Fund.

Voluntary, community groups, charities and partners can apply for grants of up to £6000 to help keep West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe.

The latest round of the fund is specifically looking for projects which tackle, prevent or support any of the following priorities:

  • Road Safety
  • Burglary
  • "Honour" Based Abuse
  • Cyber Crime
  • Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery
  • Missing People

However applications to cover all priorities in the Police and Crime Plan are still also welcome.

The Safer Communities Fund is run by Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and since it was launched in 2014 has now given out over £2.8m in grants to over 660 projects across the county.

The fund is financed through money and resources recovered following investigations under the Proceeds of Crime Act by West Yorkshire Police and Prosecutors.

Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "I am delighted to be able to open the 17th round of my Safer Communities Fund.

"Whilst this latest round is open to applications covering any of the priorities in my Police and Crime Plan, I am particularly looking for projects with a focus around road safety, burglary, "honour" based abuse, cyber crime, human trafficking and modern slavery or missing people. Analysis of the Fund has shown that we have had slightly fewer applications in these areas and that is something I'd like to redress.

"These grants provide excellent value for money and can be crucial in allowing grass roots community projects to deliver invaluable services locally. I would encourage everyone to raise awareness of the fund to ensure the funding allocated makes the biggest difference possible through successful applications."

West Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams added:"This focus on addressing vulnerability is extremely welcome and will go a long way to supporting our approach to these priority areas of policing.

"It allows local groups and projects to play an ever greater role in the partnership response, which is crucial if we are to make a continued impact at a community level."

The Safer Communities Fund is open for applications from Monday 7 October and closes at mid-day (12:00 noon) on Friday 15 November 2019.

To find out more about the fund and apply visit the website /safer-communities-fund/how-to-apply.aspx or call the office on 01924 294000.

1 Main Group

Successful applicants from grant round 16 of the Safer Communities Fund at the Awards Evening in Bradford.

© Copyright West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner 2019