The Safer Communities Fund was created by the PCC to give grants to voluntary, community groups, charities and partner organisations to help keep West Yorkshire communities safe and feeling safe which is the overarching vision of the Police and Crime Plan.
It is financed through money recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) by West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors.
Mark Burns-Williamson, said “I launched the Safer Communities Fund in 2014 to help local groups make a real difference in their communities. The fund has now delivered across 15 grant rounds since then totalling £2,673,114.17 with 617 projects benefiting!
“However, I want the fund to be able to help even more during the ongoing austerity, so I have made the decision to increase the maximum grant from £5000 to £6000 for each project in future grant rounds.
“The next grant round of the fund opens for applications on 15 April, closing on the 24th May at 12:00 noon and for the first time ever will have a split funding pot. Half of the money will be available to projects looking to either tackle drugs and alcohol misuse or work focusing on young people, with the other half open to applications looking to address any of the priorities in my Police and Crime Plan. More details will be available on my website shortly.”
Assistant Chief Constable Catherine Hankinson said: “The Safer Communities Fund has been instrumental in helping organisations who work to keep people safe.
“By reinvesting seized assets, we can support the projects which continue to make a difference in West Yorkshire and give something back to communities which have been affected by criminality.
“I would encourage any organisation within West Yorkshire that feels they meet the criteria to apply for a grant.”