Grants on offer from police boss's £200,000 crime-fighting kitty
Dozens of community groups across Devon and Cornwall have applied for a share of £200,000 put up by Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg to tackle crime at the grassroots.
Mr Hogg has made the money available as part of his Small Grant Scheme to provide practical support to small groups looking to improve their local area.
Community and other local organisations, whose work has a positive impact on reducing crime and make their communities safer, can bid for up to £5,000 in funding.
More than 60 applications have so far been received ahead of this month's deadline.
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"In my police and crime plan I promised to find new ways to help organisations to help themselves and I am encouraged by the early response from groups looking for grassroots funding," said Mr Hogg.
"I urge anyone who is involved with an organisation or a charity whose work has a positive impact on crime prevention, safeguarding the vulnerable or community safety, to consider putting in an application and I promise it will be given full consideration."
Schemes are being selected to complement the priorities in the police and crime plan which was published earlier this year.
Key areas include alcohol-related violence, protecting the most vulnerable with a focus on domestic, family and sexual abuse, reducing re-offending, giving victims and witnesses a stronger voice and increasing the use of volunteers.
While the cash cannot be used to replace statutory services or fund individuals, it can be used to cover the costs of an individual's contribution to a wider project.
It is also not designed to support expeditions or trips, replace statutory funding, provide bursaries or scholarships, or support projects outside Devon and Cornwall.
The scheme has £200,000 to award in total with half that figure expected to be given in the first 12 months. Following the award each will be expected to show how the desired outcomes have been achieved.
There will be two rafts of grants awarded in the first year which will be announced this December and in July 2014. The closing dates for applications are October 31, 2013, and May 31, 2014.
Applications must be made on the form which can be downloaded from www. devonandcornwall-pcc.gov.uk/Home.aspx or the websites of Devon Reform and Cornwall Volunteer Sector Forum which are helping to administer the scheme.
Alternatively, application forms can be requested by ringing Ruth at Devon Reform on 01392 430228.