Deputy Commissioner Chris Cutland (left) with the Commissioner’s Chief Finance Officer, Charlotte Radford – and a blank cheque!
Nottinghamshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Cutland has today officially launched a new fund to help local organisations tackle crime and disorder in the county.
The Community Safety Partnership Fund is available to Nottinghamshire-based groups and projects which specifically address issues of criminality such as drug and alcohol addiction and anti-social behaviour. Applicants must demonstrate previous success to receive a share of the fund and also support the key aims of Commissioner Paddy Tipping’s Police and Crime Plan.
Previously, crime prevention organisations received direct funding from the Government. In Nottinghamshire, this totalled £3.6m and was distributed among projects such as the Drug Intervention Programme, DrugTesting, Youth Crime and Substance Misuse Prevention, Positive Futures, Ending Gang and Youth Violence and Communities against Guns, Gangs and Knives.
The Community Safety Partnership Fund, which combines all previous funding streams from the Home Office, totals £2.8m which leaves a significant gap in comparison to 2012-13. As a result, the Commissioner has agreed to increase the support to £3m from his police budget.
In addition, he has set aside a further £150,000 to support smaller projects which aim to prevent crime and protect the public.Specifically, applications will be welcomed from projects which support victims and witnesses including those of domestic and sexual violence and those which help young people and prevent drug and alcohol-related crime.
Deputy Commissioner Cutland said: “This new grant scheme will pump funding into ‘grassroots’ organisations which are working hard to make Nottinghamshire safer. Localised projects are very often the best-placed to deliver permanent solutions because they are working in the heart of the community where the problems are occurring.
“We are very well aware that there are many community organisations worthy of financial support, however sadly our budget is not infinite and we will need to carefully evaluate which of those can best help us to protect the public, both now and in the future, and deliver on the priorities outlined in the Police and Crime Plan.”
The Police and Crime Plan sets out a number of strategic priorities including to protect, support and respond to victims, witnesses and vulnerable people, focus on those areas that are most affected by crime and anti-social behaviour, spend your money wisely and prevention, early intervention and reduction in re-offending.
Community organisations have until late May to submit their application for funding and successful applicants will be notified in June.Grant application forms are available on-line at www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk and also direct from the Nottinghamshire Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner, County Hall, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire NG2 7QP. Tel 0115967 0999 ex 801 2005
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Posted on Wednesday 10th April 2013