Community groups and voluntary organisations across Avon and Somerset are being invited to bid for funding from the area’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens.
Grants of up to £3,000 are available for groups that provide a positive and lasting impact across the local communities of Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Somerset.
In the latest round of funding over £25,000 was awarded to thirteen different projects which offer diversionary activities for young people, provide crime prevention solutions such as the installation of CCTV and tackle anti-social behaviour.
Sue Mountstevens said: “Since launching the Community Action Fund in 2013, we’ve awarded over half a million pounds has helped deliver various crime reduction and community safety initiatives that support the Police and Crime Plan priorities. This year alone, almost £70,000 has been allocated to support 27 community and voluntary projects.
“Visiting many of the schemes on my regular community days, I have seen first-hand how the funding is making a real different to local people and their neighbourhoods. If you’re running a project that is ensuring your community is safe and feels safe, I want to hear from you and would encourage you to apply to my Community Action Fund.”
To qualify, projects should demonstrate how they will enable communities to come together and tackle issues in their local area relating to the priorities in the Police and Crime Plan: protecting the most vulnerable from harm, strengthening local policing teams, ensuring the police have the right culture, equipment and culture and working together effectively.
Just some of the organisations that have received grants from the latest round of the Community Action Fund include:
- Chrysalis Supported Association Ltd’s OPOKA-Bristol Service, a charity who provide services for women and children of the Polish community that have suffered as a result of domestic violence (£3,000)
- Dulverton Dance, a group who provide weekly sessions of ‘dance-like’ movement to music, which helps to improve mobility, balance and memory for the elderly, disabled and vulnerable members of the community (£1,000)
- Growing Futures UK, who offer opportunities for community members to participate in activities and educational workshops and training with the aim of encouraging social inclusion (£3,000)
The next deadline for applications will be Friday, 1 December 2017. For more information and to apply, please visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Partnerships/Commissioners-Community-Action-Fund.aspx
The Commissioner’s Community Action Fund is awarded by the Police Community Trust.
The Police Community Trust also offers other financial support from the General Grant (max grant of £1000) and The Road Safety Fund (max grant of £5000). For more information about all the grants available and to apply visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/pct