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Communities will benefit from Commissioner's Action Fund for a second year


Revive Youth Community Interest Company, a young people's project who received funding from the Commissioner's Community Action Fund in 2013.

More than £65,000 has been awarded to local people and voluntary groups across Avon and Somerset, from Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ Community Action Fund.

As the scheme enters its second successful year, a further 16 initiatives will receive help from the Commissioner’s £200,000 Action Fund. The fund launched in 2013 and saw over 60 projects benefit from almost £195,000 throughout its first year.

Amongst the projects granted funding this quarter is Bristol based Womankind who support victims of domestic violence, The Big Issue across Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire and Somerset’s Project Zero.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “It is clear to me that people have a real desire to make a difference across Avon and Somerset.  Whether it is mentoring young people, providing emotional and physical support for victims or innovative ways to tackle anti-social behaviour, people care about their communities.

“I have been fortunate enough to meet many of the local groups and voluntary organisations and see how the funding is helping them.  Not only do the groups who directly benefit tell me what it means to them, but I also hear from the local community who for some having a group in their local area has changed their life.”

Avon and Somerset Police Community Trust, for which the PCC is a trustee, are responsible for distributing the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund. Community and voluntary organisations are invited to apply for up to £5,000 from the fund and applications are considered by the Trustees based on how they support the priorities in the Police and Crime Plan.  Applications are welcomed throughout the year and are considered by the Trustees quarterly.

Bea Salter, Chair of the Police Community Trust said: “I’m pleased to report the continuing partnership and significant value of distributing the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund in support of the extremely worthwhile projects relating to the Commissioner’s priorities.

“In addition the Trustees administer a range of funding streams covering general crime prevention and reduction, road safety and young community schemes.  This allows for a wider remit and other categories of community involvement and support.”

For a list of all the projects and initiatives that received funding this quarter click here.

To apply to the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund or for more information click here.

For more information about the Police Community Trust and other grants available click here.

Posted on Friday 13th June 2014
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