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Commissioner unveils new funding scheme for community groups

Community Safety Fund

Local groups and community-based organisations are being invited to apply for grant funding to help them support victims of crime and reduce offending.

Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has ring-fenced £250,000 from his Community Safety Fund to invest in locally-based charities, groups and social organisations that share his goals to make the Nottinghamshire and the City safer.

Grants up to a maximum of £25,000 are available and Commissioner Tipping is keen to support services which focus on early intervention strategies to help people turn around their lives. In particular, he is enthusiastic about services which provide support for victims of hate crime, sexual violence and domestic violence in ways not currently being met, innovative projects which build trust and understanding of the police within BME communities and initiatives which help to reduce antisocial behaviour and rural and wildlife crime including those which offer diversionary activities to people at risk of offending.  

Commissioner Tipping said: “I’m very keen to support those grassroots organisations which are working with vulnerable people day in and day out to help them on the road to recovery. Providing early help to those who need it will reduce the strain on police and health services in the future and deliver a long-term solution.”

A briefing will be held on Monday, February 24 at 2pm at the Newstead Centre, Newstead Village, NG15 0BS for groups and organisations interested in applying for a grant. Please register in advance by emailing grants@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk with your contact details or calling Katherine Potter on 0115 844 5998.

Alternatively, people can attend an individual advice session between 1pm and 4pm  on Thursday, February 27 at Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service. To book an advice slot please contact training@nottinghamcvs.co.uk or call 0115 934 8400 and ask for Training.

One of the recipients from the 2013-14 fund was Hetty’s.  Hetty’s works in partnership with local prisons delivering structured sessions to prisoners attending Drug Treatment Programmes to encourage discussion around responsibility for the breakdown of family relationships and how family members may have been affected by their substance misuse. 

Thanking the Commissioner, Hetty’s service manager Debbie Knowles said:“The generous support from Paddy and his CSP fund has been invaluable to us.  It has meant we can sustain our project and keep offering vital services that support reduction in reoffending.  It has also been a vital source of motivation to the Criminal Justice team here at Hetty’s.  To know that Paddy believes in the work we are so passionate about and can see its benefits has given our team a real sense of personal satisfaction.”

The deadline for applications is 12pm (noon) on Monday, March 10. Further information, guidance notes and the application form are available from the Commissioner’s website at http://www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk.

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Posted on Thursday 13th February 2014
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