Small community groups have a significant role to play in increasing vulnerable people's quality of life. The Community Safety Fund recognises this fact and provides much-needed financial support to third sector organisations whose remit is to turn people away from a life of offending and support those who find themselves a victim.
Whilst final budget decisions have yet to be made, the Commissioner hopes to be able to provide grant funding at a similar level to previous years which has been around £250,000.
The funding is available to support third sector organisations (ie organisations that are not for profit and non-government, for example registered charities and social enterprises) to assist the Commissioner to reduce crime and protect victims, witnesses and vulnerable people.
This year the Commissioner is keen to attract funding applications which will protect, support and respond to victims, witnesses and vulnerable people, such as:-
- support for survivors of sexual abuse
- support for vulnerable people, who may have complex needs, to increase resilience and reduce risk of victimisation
- innovative BME led projects which work in partnership with Nottinghamshire Police to build trust and understanding
- innovative community led projects which support new and emerging communities to establish positive relationships with Nottinghamshire Police
- innovative community led positive initiatives to reduce anti-social behaviour including noise related anti-social behaviour; and community led initiatives to reduce rural crime, including using social media to share local intelligence
- projects to support improved mental health with young people, resulting in reduced drugs and alcohol use and innovative work for early intervention and prevention of drugs and alcohol and anti-social behaviour.
- support education and awareness raising of cyber-crime, including bullying and harassment
- projects working with offenders, particularly addressing the mental health needs of offenders and targeted early intervention and diversionary activity with people at risk of offending and/or anti-social behaviour.
- develop and enable volunteering and active citizenship to build stronger communities.
Applications were invited for up to a maximum of £25,000 and organisations could apply for one project only. The deadline for receipt of electronic and hard copy applications was midday on Friday 22nd January 2016.
Twenty-four crime-reduction schemes in Nottinghamshire (see below) have been informed that they will be receiving awards totalling over £250,000 from his Community Safety Fund.
If you have any questions about our community safety funding please contact:
Nottinghamshire Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner
Tel: 0115 844 5998