- 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)
Over £1.3 million of recovered money given to good causes by West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (24 June 2016)
More than 1.3 million pounds 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 South Leeds Academy in Leeds last night (THURS) 32 successful groups and projects from the latest grant round were awarded a share of £148,825.50 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.
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 http://www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/safer-communities-fund/successful-applications.aspx
West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said: "I am delighted to see the impact the fund has had and continues to have with all 129 wards in West Yorkshire benefitting from projects funded by the Safer Communities Fund since its creation in 2014 and was a key pledge during my recent re-election campaign.
"The most common focus of projects is on reducing crime, reoffending, tackling anti-social behaviour and supporting victims and witnesses. I am looking forward to visiting personally as many of the projects as possible and have attended numerous groups already and witnessed the fantastic impact that even small amounts of money can make to community projects.
"I really enjoy being at these awards events and am delighted to provide the successful applicants with money that will have a real impact in our local communities. This is my eighth awards round and the next grant round will open on August 30
"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.
"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."
Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster said: "The Proceeds of
Crime Act is an excellent piece of legislation, enabling the police
and other law enforcement agencies to hit criminals where it hurts,
taking the money they have illegitimately obtained through their
criminal activity and putting the money back into local communities
in order to support worthy causes.
"Rest assured - We will continue to robustly pursue criminals and take every opportunity to seize their illegally obtained assets."
Full details and how to apply can be found on our website http://www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/safer-communities-fund.