Police Commissioner poised to invest £250,000 in community crime prevention
Community groups are being invited to apply for a share of a £250,000 windfall to help Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping increase public safety and protect the vulnerable.
Grants of up to £25,000 will be available for local grassroots organisations which can demonstrate the ability to turn lives around, reduce antisocial behaviour and prevent crime.
Although budget decisions have yet to be finalised, Commissioner Tipping hopes to set aside around £250,000 for his Community Safety Fund this year – a figure that has been mirrored in previous years.
The funding will be available for projects delivering between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017. Commissioner Tipping has outlined a number of key areas in which he is keen to support third sector intervention including support for survivors of sexual abuse, help for vulnerable people who have complex needs and risk victimisation, initiatives aimed at driving down rural crime, innovative BME-led projects and those initiatives which support new and emerging communities to establish positive relationships with the police.
In addition, the Commissioner is keen to support projects which focus on his Police and Crime Plan pledge to address antisocial behaviour.
Commenting ahead of the launch, Commissioner Tipping said: “For some time now I’ve talked about the importance of tackling the precursors of crime to bring about long-term changes. Nowhere is this better achieved than by and in the very communities that are experiencing the problems.
“The Community Safety Fund helps to nurture community life and support vulnerable people before they fall onto the path of criminality as well as resolve some of the issues that prompt criminals to reoffend.
“Guiding just one person towards a positive, crime-free future relieves considerable pressure and demand on the police, health services, social services and the public purse which is why I’m so passionate about prevention over cure.
“I’m looking forward to supporting even more organisations this year to expand the practical help available to victims and those at risk of criminality and ensure that change is within reach.”
One of the success stories of the Community Safety Fund so far is Chat’bout, a project which aims to empower young people to participate in decision-making processes and improve the relationship between police and the younger generation.
It was founded following one of Commissioner Tipping’s focus groups researching relationships between police and the BME community and runs workshops with young people to raise awareness of their rights in terms of the law and specifically stop and search as well as the complaints procedure.
Earlier this year, Mr Tipping agreed a £15,000 grant in support of Chat’bout’s My Streets, My Voice project, which aims to improve understanding and communication between the police and young people and help them set up independent liaison and scrutiny panels.
At the launch, volunteers for the organisation will help Commissioner Tipping unveil this year’s funding round and explain more about the outcomes of its work.
Organisations interested in applying for funding must complete an application form, project budget and submit a delivery plan. This should be sent with the signed conflict of interest form to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Applicants are strongly advised to read the Guidance Notes before completing their application form.
Organisations who would like to discuss their application can contact Nicola Wade on email@example.com or 0115 844 5998.
All documents can be downloaded from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website http://www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk/CommunitySafetyFund-2016-17
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Posted on Wednesday 2nd December 2015