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PCC's community funds will help victims, young people and ex-offenders


PCC Sue Mountstevens with Lighthouse at Weston - a programme which supports those who are vulnerable in the nightime economy - was awarded funding in Quarter 2

The latest Commissioner’s community action fund will see £53,905 issued to good causes including projects which support young people, victims of forced marriage and the rehabilitation of ex-offenders.

A total of 18 projects, initiatives and local community groups across Avon and Somerset have received grants of up to £5000. Amongst the successful applicants was Bristol Mediation who received £4375 for a project which aims to reduce anti-social behaviour. 

SEEDS in Bath and North East Somerset who support survivors of domestic abuse received £5,000. As well as The Footprints Project, who operate across Avon and Somerset, helping ex-offenders back into the community.  

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I cannot believe it has been a whole year since we launched my Community Action Fund.  I am delighted to say that the demand for the fund and quality of the applications is as strong today as it has been throughout the year.

“I have been deeply impressed with the variety of the applications in addressing some of the issues at the heart of local communities.  The way in which the applications have reinforced the priorities in the Police and Crime Plan is also encouraging.

“I hope that local community groups and voluntary organisations who haven’t applied for funding can see the difference that the grants are making to other communities and will be encouraged to apply.”  

If you would like to apply for a grant from the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund more information is available here.

The Commissioner’s Community Action Fund is supported by Police Community Trust, Chair Bea Salter said: “I’m pleased to report that the Trustees have been thrilled to be involved over the past year with the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund.  The vision was to provide small amounts of funding for local communities or groups to come together and tackle local issues in community. It is encouraging to look back and see that this has been achieved.”

The Commissioner’s Community Action Fund was launched in May 2013 and so far over £180,000 has been awarded to local causes.

For more information and to see all the projects that been awarded funding to date click here.

To find out more about the Police Community Trust and other grants available visit their section on the new police website here.

Posted on Thursday 6th March 2014
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