Lighthouse Weston who received £1,750 from the Commissioner's Community Action Fund in the first year of the Fund
Healthy relationship workshops, a Freedom Programme for victims of domestic abuse and engaging young people through cooking are just some of the projects which have benefitted from the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund.
Over £40,000 has been given to nine projects across Avon and Somerset as part of the latest round of funding from Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ Community Action Fund awarded by the Police Community Trust.
Amongst those receiving grants of up to £5,000 for their community initiatives include Avon and Somerset Dementia Forum, Genesis Trust, Integrate Bristol, Mentoring Plus, Square Food Foundation and Keynsham Town Junior Football Club.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “Once again the applications have surprised me by the variety of ways in which community groups and local organisations are running such diverse projects and initiatives to benefit the area they live and work.
“To know that this latest funding will be providing diversionary activities for young people reducing anti-social behaviour, helping victims of domestic abuse and supporting individuals living with dementia at risk of becoming a high risk missing person is incredibly heartening.
“As we enter the last period to apply for a grant from my Community Action Fund, I hope people see this latest round of funding and feel that they too have a project which could benefit, and apply.”
Enabling communities to come together and tackle issues in their local area relating to the priorities set out in the Police and Crime Plan, the £200,000 annual grant is funded by the PCC and administered by the Police Community Trust, of which the PCC is a Trustee.
Bea Salter, Chair of the Police Community Trust said: “The Trustees are once again pleased to be able to distribute the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund alongside existing funding streams covering general crime prevention and reduction, road safety and youth Community schemes.
“The Trustees are particularly keen to ensure that all awards are supported by Local Neighbourhood Policing teams and value and consider all applications submitted to the Trust which promotes community involvement and support.”
Because of the forthcoming PCC election the CCAF will close for applications at the end of the 2015/16 financial year, meaning that the final application deadline is 1st December 2015, for a late January 2016 decision. Applications received after this date will not be able to be considered.
On the submission of an application, it is reviewed to ensure it meets the grant criteria and supports one of the PCC’s priorities, before being put before and considered by the Police Community Trust.
Should an application be unsuccessful for the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund, there are other grants available including the Police Community Trust General Fund and the Police Community Trust Road Safety Grant. More information about this can be found here - www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/services/police-community-trust/
For more information about the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund, to apply for a grant or to see who’s been supported by the Fund visit - www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Partnerships/Projects-supported-by-the-Fund.aspx.
Posted on Tuesday 17th November 2015