Bath City Boxing Club who have received £1910 from the Commissioner's Community Action Fund
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ Community Action Fund will give a further £200,000 to local community groups and voluntary organisations across Avon and Somerset for 2015/16.
The announcement comes as around £50,000 is issued to a further sixteen local projects who were successful in their applications, during quarter four of the second year of the Community Action Fund.
Since the Fund’s launch in May 2013, which saw the PCC commit an annual grant of £200,000 to enable communities to come together to tackle local issues, over 100 local projects and initiatives have received financial support from the fund.
The latest round of allocations included support for a music outreach project in Bath, a support group for young parents in Yate, a pilot working with young people at risk of offending in Somerset and a developmental and empowerment course in Bristol.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: "I am delighted that this quarter’s funding is helping to support young people to deal with a variety of challenges they might be faced with throughout their life, helping victims of domestic abuse to recover and tackling and reducing anti-social behaviour.
"This announcement marks the second successful year of my Community Action Fund and I am continually delighted to hear from residents and local people, about how the support from the Fund is really helping to make a difference in their local communities across Avon and Somerset.
"I am also pleased to announce a further £200,000 donation to the Trust for 2015/16. I hope this further funding will continue benefitting the everyday lives of local people across Avon and Somerset. I look forward to another year of community days and visits to the various projects, community groups and voluntary organisations."
Avon and Somerset Police Community Trust, for which the PCC is a Trustee, are responsible for administering the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund. Chair of the Police Community Trust Bea Salter 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 Police Commissioner’s priorities.
"The Trustees consider all applications submitted to the Trust and administer a range of funding streams including general crime prevention/reduction, road safety and also young community schemes. The range of funds allows for a wide remit and ensures the funds reach many categories of community involvement and support."
The Trustees offer financial support from the following funds:
- General Grant – Maximum grant of £1000
- The Road Safety Fund – Maximum grant of £3000
- Transformers Fund (Bristol) – Maximum £1000 towards young people led community projects within the Bristol area.
- 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.
To find out more about the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund watch this brief video:
For a list of all the projects and initiatives that have received funding to date or to apply for the fund click here.
For more information about the Police Community Trust and other grants available click here.
Posted on Monday 16th March 2015