PCC launches latest round of the Safer Communities Fund (5 Sept 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has launched the latest round of the Safer Communities Fund (SCF).

Now in its 12th round, the Fund is financed with money recovered from criminals by West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). Voluntary, community groups, charities and partners are able to apply for grants of up to £5,000.

Nearly £2million has been given to more than 430 deserving projects so far since the SCF launched in 2014.

The latest round which opens at midday on Monday to groups with projects which can demonstrate how they are delivering on the priorities in the Police and Crime Plan.

PCC Mark Burns-Williamson said: "The Safer Communities Fund is now entering its 12th round and is going from strength to strength.

"I would encourage groups to apply for funding, I have seen at first-hand how even small amounts of money can make a real difference. Year on year we are over-subscribed which demonstrates the passion in our communities to work with me to make a difference.

"Anyone who feels the work they are doing in their community meets the priorities in the Police and Crime Plan should apply.

"We all have a responsibility to work together to keep West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe and local groups and organisations play a crucial role in addressing these issues.

"Another big thank you to our police service and prosecutors for helping to recover this money, ensuring that crime doesn't pay here in West Yorkshire and enabling the fund to make such a difference across the county."

Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, Dee Collins, said: "The Safer Communities Fund is an extremely beneficial initiative which gives money back to communities who have been harmed by criminals.

"By reinvesting seized criminal assets, we can support worthwhile organisations and projects that make a real difference in West Yorkshire.

"I would encourage any organisation within West Yorkshire that feels they meet the necessary criteria, to apply for a grant from the Safer Communities Fund."

The SCF closes for applications on Friday 6 October at 12pm. Fifty three projects were successful in the last round and got a share of £213,940.46.

To find out more about the Safer Communities Fund, including how to apply visit /safer-communities-fund.aspx or call 01924 294000.

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