PCCs Safer Communities Fund offers more support (29 Oct 2018)

Around £150,000 is available for community projects across West Yorkshire as the latest grant round of the Safer Communities Fund (SCF) is launched.

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, set up the fund in 2014 to help keep communities safe by offering up to £5000 per grant to the voluntary sector, community groups, charities and partner organisations.

Financed by money recovered from criminals by West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors under the Proceeds of Crime Act, it has so far generated over £2.4 million in grants given out to 550 projects across the county.

The rounds are often themed to meet specific priorities of the Commissioner's Police and Crime Plan, however, this latest pot of money is open to the full spectrum community safety priorities.

Applicants have until 12 noon on 7th December 2018 to make their submissions.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said:

"At a time when many key services are suffering through continued Government austerity measures, the support for locally based projects is ever more crucial.

"This is a really fantastic opportunity for groups, partner organisations, charities and those in the voluntary sector across West Yorkshire, working to keep people safe in their community in various ways.

"Now entering its 15th round, the fund has been instrumental in making a difference to people's lives locally which I have seen at first hand on many of my visits.

"It gives these providers the financial impetus they need to carry on their good work and to tackle the key priorities of my police and crime plan.

"When I have met with those who have received past funding, I have seen how even just the smallest amounts can play a significant part in supporting our communities.

"For instance, SCF funding to the Kirklees Youth Intervention Team recently saw them team up with inspirational speaker Paul Hannaford for a schools tour across the District.

"Likewise, money from earlier grants rounds saw the 'Street Safe' project in Castleford deliver crime prevention packs and advice to support those in need, such as homeless people, vulnerable adults and the elderly.

"It remains a popular fund, which clearly highlights the motivation that exists locally, to tackling many of the important social aspects linked to crime.

"As this latest grant round is set against any theme of my police crime plan, I would encourage the various local groups out there to take a look and consider an application.

"We have a collective responsibility to keep our communities safe and feel safe. By offering this further injection of cash and support, we can help achieve this together."

Chief Constable Dee Collins, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "The Safer Communities Fund reinforces the Police and Crime plan's priorities and shows that crime does not pay. We are committed to taking money and assets from criminals and give them back to the same communities that those criminals have targeted.

"By reinvesting seized assets, we can support incredibly worthy groups and individuals in our communities who make a real difference in both protecting those that are most vulnerable whilst at the same time tackling all types of crime across West Yorkshire.

"I would encourage any organisation that feels they meet the criteria for a grant to apply. This fund has already made a huge difference to a number of people and organisations across West Yorkshire. "

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

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PCC Mark Burns-Williamson and Chief Constable Dee Collins with successful applicants from grant round 14 of the Safer Communities Fund.

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