Pot of cash for community groups fighting crime

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.
Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.

A £30,000 pot of cash is available for grants of between £250 and £1,000 for community groups who want to deliver projects that could have an impact on crime and anti-social behaviour.

Successful applications in the past have included things like a youth trip, seen as a diversionary event to keep youngsters involved in productive activities, to assistance with home security for vulnerable people.

Alan Hardwick, Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I have always felt communities themselves have a role to play in preventing crime and making the places where we live and work safe.

“The voluntary and community sector, communities and individuals can all be involved in delivering positive change that will benefit us all. I also believe that small amounts of money can go a long way and make a real difference.

“Each year I make grants of between £250 and £1,000 available to community groups across Lincolnshire, in particular, small community based groups who aim to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour as well as supporting the victims of crime.

“I am particularly keen to hear about projects which are aimed at younger and older members of the community and those which are supporting victims, witnesses and vulnerable people.”

Successful applicants must ensure they meet the specified criteria. A panel will review all applications within six to eight weeks of receipt and funds must be spent in the 12 months following an award. The fund is designed to enable a particular project not general running costs.

Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service community development workers can advise and support you in writing funding applications.

If you want assistance on this or any other application contact Jody Raggo at Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service on jody.r@lincolnshirecvs.org.uk or call Ruth Copleston on 01476 561798.

More information on the fund can be found at: www.lincolnshire-pcc.gov.uk/Get-Involved/Community-and-Volunteer-Fund.aspx

A role has been created for a volunteer to help community groups access the £30,000 pot of funding available from Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner for crime prevention schemes.

To find out more or apply contact Jody Raggo on the number above or call Gill Williamson on 01775 718008.