Groups in Tamworth have just over two weeks left to bid for money to help make their communities safer from the latest round of Police and Crime Commissioner’s People Power Funding.
As part of his commitment to local communities, Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis is providing £500,000 in 2014/15 through the fund in the form of grants of between £100 and £3,000.
The window for the next round of applications for People Power Funding opened on Friday 1 August and runs until Sunday 14 September.
The fund is supporting locally-driven community safety activities in communities throughout Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. These could range from Good Neighbour Schemes to provide reassurance in a community, the introduction of a local club or activity for young people, through to the installation of security measures at a local community venue used by residents.
Mr Ellis said: “I have significantly increased the funding that local areas in Staffordshire have to make their communities safer.
“The Commissioner’s People Power Fund puts half a million pounds back into local communities and is easy and simple to apply for. It’s about local ideas to sort out local issues like anti-social behaviour. If you’ve got a good idea, the People Power Fund may be able to help you achieve it.”
“There’s already been a good response for the latest round of funding. If you’re a community group with good ideas to cut crime or make your area safer go to the website now to find out more.”
People Power applications need to be sponsored by the group’s local Neighbourhood Police Officer or Police Community Support Officer. More details, including application forms and an animated video about the fund, are available now at www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/fund
The People Power Fund is one part of £2.5 million of Commissioner’s Community Funding for 2014/15.
The Commissioner’s Locality Deal Fund has allocated money to local areas through working in partnership with local district and borough councils. Meanwhile, the Commissioner’s Proceeds of Crime Fund is seeing 100 per cent of funding received by Staffordshire Police going back into local communities, through grants of between £3,000 and £15,000. It is made up of money seized from criminals as Staffordshire Police continue to strip offenders of their assets.
Successful projects in all three funding streams will deliver what’s important to local people based on the four priorities set out in the Commissioner’s Safer, Fairer, United Communities Strategy – tackling the root causes of crime through early intervention, supporting victims and witnesses better, reducing reoffending and increasing public confidence.