PCC Sue Mountstevens with local people at The Buzz in Lockleaze, Bristol who have been awarded a grant from the Community Action Fund
Over £60,000 has been awarded to 16 local community and voluntary organisations, by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ Community Action Fund, of which 10 include projects focusing on tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB).
Projects awarded funding include an initiative supporting young people from BME backgrounds to develop their skillset, a programme to support young men at risk of re-offending and a support service for young victims of crime and their families.
The initiatives, which were successfully awarded grants of up to £5,000 from the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund, offer services to a range of age groups and local communities across the local authority areas that make up Avon and Somerset.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I am delighted that we once again received numerous applications for the Fund and I am always overwhelmed with their innovative nature towards supporting the policing priorities and addressing things that matter to local people.
“Funding has been allocated to a range of initiatives and I was encouraged by the applications with interesting and inventive suggestions towards tackling anti-social behaviour, supporting victims and making our communities be safe and feel safe.”
The Commissioner’s Community Action Fund is awarded by the Police Community Trust to projects which address the PCC’s priorities. Chair of the Police Community Trust, Bea Salter said: “The Trustees are encouraged by the calibre of applications they continue to receive.
“It is very clear that our communities have a real desire to make a difference across the Avon and Somerset area. Small awards, from the Community Action Fund, for local communities or groups to tackle local issues in the community, have been distributed to a wide range of interesting and diverse organisations.
“Whether supporting youth diversionary activities, providing emotional and physical support for victims or looking for innovative ways to tackle anti-social behaviour, people care about their communities.”
In support of this the Trustees also continue to administer and offer financial support from the General Grant (max grant of £1000) and The Road Safety Fund (max grant of £5000). For more information about all the grants and to apply visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/pct
The Commissioner’s Community Action Fund is currently closed but will re-open on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 and will welcome applications which support the policing priorities in PCC Sue Mountstevens’ new Police and Crime Plan.
The Fund will continue to be administered by the Police Community Trust, who will award grants quarterly. Once the Fund has re-opened applications all welcome all year. For more information visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Partnerships/Commissioners-Community-Action-Fund.aspx
Posted on Wednesday 21st December 2016