West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner awards Safer Communities Fund grants (7 Aug 2015)

2The latest round of the Safer Communities Fund grants have been awarded by the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson. Successful applicants gathered at Brighouse High School last night (Thursday, 6th August) to receive their cheques of up to £5000.

The grants come from the Police and Crime Commissioner's Safer Communities Fund which uses money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act. It was started one and a half years ago by Mr Burns-Williamson:

"I originally launched the Safer Communities Fund to bring together money seized from criminals across West Yorkshire into a single pot to benefit the local communities. There is an incredible demand for funding to pay for community projects which will help people across the county be safer and feel safer."

6"I am currently running a petition to get more of the money seized back for use in local communities. Please take time to visit my website and sign the petition which will benefit everyone in West Yorkshire."

One hundred and seventy seven applications were received by the Officer of the Police and Crime Commissioner for grant round five and 38 were selected by the Safer Communities Fund Board. So far a total of over £850,000 has been given to 191 groups across West Yorkshire. 

The next grant round opens on 1st September, 2015. If you're interested in applying then please visit /safer-communities-fund.aspx to check that you meet the required criteria and for information on how to apply.

To sign the POCA petition please visit /get-involved/proceeds-of-crime-act-petition.aspx."

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