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Commissioner announces first beneficiaries of flagship grant funding scheme

Commissioner Henry with Wayne Williamson-Cooper of Warsop Youth and Community

Commissioner Henry with Wayne Williamson-Cooper of Warsop Youth and Community

Charities and community groups across Nottinghamshire have been awarded a share of £30,000 to help Make Notts Safe.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry has announced a list of six charities and not-for-profit organisations which have successfully applied for grants in the first round of her innovative Community Chest Grants Fund.

The Community Chest Grants Fund, which supports action on a range of issues from antisocial behaviour through to domestic abuse, is one part of a £1m jackpot available to voluntary and community providers up to March 2025 as part of Commissioner Henry’s Make Notts Safe initiative.

The cash is being split into thematic funding rounds based on the Commissioner’s strategic priorities – preventing the underlying causes of criminality, responding effectively to the issues that matter most to local people and supporting victims to reduce future harm.

The Community Chest Grants Fund, which aims to deliver short-term funding of between six months and one year, opens for applications twice a year and invites community providers to bid for up to £5,000 per grant to boost their safety projects.

One of the first beneficiaries is Broxtowe Women’s Project which has secured £5,000 for its Connected project. The initiative aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse within the community and to support women and children who are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. The funding will help create a new Community Coordinator role to work closely with partner organisations to raise awareness and liaise with vulnerable families who have been affected by domestic abuse.

Meanwhile, Warsop Youth and Community has received a £5,000 grant for its antisocial behaviour outreach project which aims to engage vulnerable young people who may be involved in or at risk of involvement in criminal activity and ASB and provide additional diversionary activities for young people.

Announcing the successful projects, Commissioner Henry said: “I would like to warmly congratulate all those organisations which have successfully applied for grants from my Community Chest Fund.

“There is an enormous amount of good work underway in our communities to keep people safe, much of which is undertaken by volunteers. I hope this extra funding will support and strengthen these activities which are already making a difference to the lives of local people facing challenges and barriers.

“There is no limit to what can be achieved over the next three years’ and beyond and I would urge other organisations and charities who share my ambitions to Make Notts Safe to seize on these funding opportunities in the future.”

The next opportunity to apply for a Make Notts Safe Community Chest Fund award will be in June.

Alongside the Community Chest grants a large proportion of the £1m is for multi-year thematic grants. The first two thematic grants to open were the Youth Diversion and Hidden Harm themes.

These rounds involve a two-stage application process and all applicants have now been informed whether they have been successful at stage one. Those who have been given a provisional funding offer must engage with stage two of the process to meet the criteria of the awards scheme.

Successful stage two applicants will be announced in May.

For further information and the full list of recipients of the Community Chest award visit:



Posted on Thursday 14th April 2022
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