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PCC unveils £250,000 funding pot for community-driven safety work

Community-based groups committed to making Nottinghamshire safer are being invited to bid for a share of £250,000 to tackle crime and disorder.

The county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping will launch his 2017/18 Community Safety Fund on Saturday (17 Dec) alongside at Newark Livestock Market at 10am.

The fund, which will be available for projects commencing April 2017 and onwards, offers grassroots groups and third sector organisations the opportunity to apply for funding to fight crime.

The PCC has outlined a number of priorities he aims to tackle as part of his Police and Crime Plan and is especially keen to invest funding in projects which focus on improving rural safety and address violence across the county.

He is also interested to hear from projects which promote community cohesion and address hate crime and those which raise awareness of the risks of new psychoactive substances and class A drugs among vulnerable young people.

Launching the fund, Mr Tipping said: “When communities work together to tackle problems, it has a ripple effect and encourages people to appreciate the positive aspects of where they live and stand firm against those who threaten it.

“Community-based crime prevention is already making a big difference to the lives of vulnerable people in Nottinghamshire, helping them to achieve their full potential and arming them with the knowledge they need to make safer life choices in the future.

“I’m very grateful for the valuable work that takes place on the ground to change behaviour and attitudes that fuel crime and I look forward to supporting further projects over the next 12 months.

“In particular, I’m keen to support projects that promote community cohesion and strengthen relationships between police and the diverse communities within the county. Discrimination and hate generates fear, hostility and suspicion within our communities and promoting acceptance and togetherness at a local level is vital for a safer, united future.”

Individual grants of up to £25,000 are available to organisations which support the goals outlined in the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan.

Among the other areas the Commissioner is keen to support are innovative community-led projects that reduce antisocial behaviour including noise and alcohol-related antisocial behaviour and community-led initiatives to reduce rural crime including using social media to share intelligence.

He also has also prioritised preventative education on digital and cybercrime including fraud, computer misuse and online abuse and partnership work within Nottingham to tackle knife crime.

More information and grant application forms are available online at www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk. The deadline for electronic and hard copy applications is midday on Tuesday 31st January 2017.

Successful projects will deliver during some or all of the period 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018 only.

Electronic submissions must be made to: grants@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk.

Hardcopy submissions must be addressed to:  Katherine Potter, Nottinghamshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Arnot Hill House, Arnot Hill Park, Arnold, Nottinghamshire NG5 6LU.



Media Enquiries:    Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401



Posted on Thursday 15th December 2016
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