New Bidding Round Opens For Safer Communities Fund (12 May 2014)

The second grant round of the 'Safer Communities Fund' has officially opened today. (12/05) 

Around £170,000 of criminally gained assets, seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act, has been made available to local groups and organisations. 

Applications of up to £7,500 can now be submitted and will be considered by an Independent Advisory Board.

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

"I launched the Safer Communities Fund in February to support local groups, organisation and charities that deliver upon community safety. 

"There was an unprecedented interest in the first round of bids, with 45 different groups from across West Yorkshire receiving a share of £218,000. 

"The second bidding round for 'Safer Communities Fund' has now opened and applicants have until the 13th June to enter their submissions.

"Each must reflect priorities and outcomes outlined in my refreshed Police and Crime Plan /our-business/the-police-crime-plan.aspx 

"Those that were successful in the first bidding round will soon be putting the money to good use in our neighbourhoods and I want to see more community groups taking advantage of this cash. 

"I am determined to generate as much money as possible for community safety initiatives and I am leading a campaign to retain all the proceeds of crime in West Yorkshire. 

"Under current legislation, the Government keeps half of the money seized from criminals. This is cash which could potentially double the amount available within the Safer Communities Fund. 

"I would urge everyone to sign my petition which would ensure the subject is discussed in parliament." http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/52046 

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