Over £1.2million of recovered money given to good causes by West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (4 Mar 2016)

2More than 1.2 million pounds, £1,211,201.45, has now been awarded to charities, voluntary groups and other organisations across West Yorkshire under Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund (SCF).

At an event at Hanson Academy in Bradford last night (THURS) 49 successful groups and projects from the latest grant round were awarded a share of £200,658.86 to support various initiatives.

The Safer Communities Fund is financed by money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA secured by police and prosecutors) which is fed into this single pot exclusively for local community safety initiatives.

During this latest round of the Fund, 128 applications totalling over £547,000 were received by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire.

Supporting and safeguarding victims and vulnerable people, increasing opportunities for young people, working with offenders to reduce re-offending and tackling anti-social behaviour are just a few examples of funded projects. You can find out more about all the successful initiatives, including the ones from this latest grant round, at /safer-communities-fund/successful-applications.aspx

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

"Being able to give out grants from the Safer Communities Fund is one of the best parts of my role. It's truly heartening to see what a difference relatively small amounts of money can make in our communities and I am continually impressed by the amount of worthy causes and organisations applying to the Fund.

"This money allows invaluable services to start and continue in our local communities as lingering funding cuts continue to impact on charities, statutory organisations and voluntary groups across West Yorkshire. The
excellent work of West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors enables this fund to continue which is very much appreciated.

"Every approved application was looked at by an Independent Advisory Panel made up of community safety representatives and those from the voluntary sector across the county, whilst meeting a clear criteria to deliver against my Police and Crime Plan priorities.

"I would ask everyone to think of the good a grant of up to £5000 could do in their community and spread the word as far as possible about the fund and how to apply contributing to keeping West Yorkshire safer and feeling safer.

"The next round of the Safer Communities Fund opens on 14 March with £130,000 available for good causes, more details on how to apply can be found on my website www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk."

West Yorkshire Police Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said: "This money has been seized from criminals preventing them from benefitting from the proceeds of their crimes. I am pleased that it is being ploughed back into our local communities where it can really make a difference.

"We encourage anyone with information about people who appear to have unexplained assets, or are living beyond their means, to speak to their local Neighbourhood Officers through the non-emergency number 101, via Clickb4ucall or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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