- Up to Current
- Community boost from Commissioner crime fund (31 July 2014)
- Commissioner fund targets diversity (4 Aug 2014)
- Huge community boost from Commissioner crime fund with more than £500,000 awarded this year so far (23 Oct 2014)
- West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner opens latest community fund grant round (3 Nov 2014)
- Nearly £700,000 Awarded to Good Crime Causes in 2014 by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (15 Dec 2014)
- Commissioner’s Crime Fund continues to make a big impact (30 Jan 2015)
- Safer Communities Fund grant (11 May 2015)
- New round of grants for Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund (1 Sept 2015)
- One million pounds given to West Yorkshire by Police and Crime Commissioner to help reduce crime (27 Nov 2015)
- £200,000 for good causes as the Safer Communities Fund opens for applications (30 Nov 2015)
- Antisocial youths in Bradford being educated thanks to Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund (19 Feb 2016)
- Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund helps adults with learning disabilities (29 Jan 2016)
- Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund helps make young people safer in Kirklees (29 Jan 2016)
- Drug awareness project launched (18 Jan 2016)
- Police and Crime Commissioner Supports “It’s My Right” Transgender Youth Campaign (13 Oct 2015)
- Police and Crime Commissioner joins a No Way Trust visit (17 Mar 2015)
- Over £1.2million of recovered money given to good causes by West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (4 Mar 2016)
- Airedale students create DVD to tackle alcohol and domestic abuse (11 Mar 2016)
- Safer Communities Fund helps young women at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (14 Mar 2016)
- West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner inviting good causes to apply for a slice of £130,000 (14 Mar 2016)
- West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sees Community Spirit in Dewsbury (16 Mar 2016)
- Over £1.3 million of recovered money given to good causes by West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (24 June 2016)
- £140,000 available for good causes in latest round of the Safer Communities Fund (12 Dec 2016)
- Latest Safer Communities Fund grant opens and targets crime prevention (30 Aug 2016)
- Over £1.5m of recovered criminal cash returned to our communities (2 Dec 2016)
Nearly £700,000 Awarded to Good Crime Causes in 2014 by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (15 Dec 2014)
Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has now awarded £697,000 to more than 100 charities, voluntary groups and other organisations across West Yorkshire under the Safer Communities Fund.
Money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) is fed into this single community pot exclusively for local community safety initiatives.
Since the Safer Communities Fund was launched in February there have been four grant rounds, with 123 groups benefiting so far.
Mr Burns-Williamson is also taking part in the Home Office consultation on the Proceeds of Crime Act legislation supporting changes which would see greater powers for the police to detain property acquired through crime and reducing situations where such property is returned.
The fourth grant round closed on December 5 with £130,000 available to organisations with an awards evening planned for successful applicants on 29 January at Outwood Grange Academy in Wakefield.
The successful applicants will be announced in January.
West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said:
"This year has seen a staggering amount of money go to worthy causes and organisations applying for money from the Safer Communities Fund and I am delighted I have been able to help as much as I can by creating this fund.
"This money will allow organisations to provide an invaluable service to our local communities as government funding cuts continue to hit charities and voluntary groups across West Yorkshire.
"Each submission must also meet the priorities and outcomes outlined in my Police and Crime Plan. /our-business/the-police-crime-plan.aspx
"Under current legislation, the Government keeps half of the money seized from criminals in West Yorkshire, however; I want to see all of that returned to the county. This could potentially double the amount available through the Safer Communities Fund.
"Possible changes to POCA legislation could also see police to apply to a magistrate's court in order to sell assets in certain circumstances without the permission of the defendant, meaning property could be sold much sooner ensuring maximum sale value is reached, in a timely manner, so cash can be put back into communities.
"The enormous amount of applications I receive demonstrates the incredible demand for funding to pay for community projects that help ensure people are safer and feel safer.
"Unfortunately we have had to turn some bids down but I want to thank everyone for applying and I am heartened by the amount of good work going on to help communities across the county.
"To find out more about the Safer Communities Fund please visit /safer-communities-fund.aspx."
More details will be released for 2015 grant rounds in the New Year.