Posted by: North Officer | 11/04/2011

Police grants launched for community projects

South Yorkshire community projects which tackle policing priorities in the county have the chance to access a share of £190,000. The South Yorkshire Police Authority is asking voluntary organisations and community groups to put forward an application for the funding as part of its Community Grants Scheme.

Grants from £30,000 to £50,000 are available to projects which address at least one of the priorities from the local policing plan (www.southyorkshire.police.uk/lpp), such as improving public confidence and satisfaction, enhancing community safety, tackling crime at all levels, reducing serious and organised crime and protecting South Yorkshire from terrorism and extremism.

The Community Grants Scheme replaces the A Better Community (ABC) Awards, which previously offered grants of up to £2,000, as the Police Authority looks to open up access to funding for more projects.

Charles Perryman, chair of South Yorkshire Police Authority, said: “With the ongoing cuts to budgets more community groups will be looking at additional avenue streams to bolster their funding.

“The Police Authority is not immune from the cuts, but we felt the Community Grants Scheme remains vital in supporting projects which can make a real difference to local people across South Yorkshire.”

“While the amount of funding remains the same as last year, members decided to increase the amount available to each project to enable both large and small organisations to make an application.”

“The Authority welcomes applications from all groups but especially those which deliver countywide projects, address anti-social behaviour or have a direct impact on issues involving young people.”

Groups have until 29 April 2011 to submit an application for a grant. Once all the submissions have been received the Authority will consult with South Yorkshire Police before notifying successful projects before the end of May.

Application forms are available to download from the Police Authority website –  www.southyorks.gov.uk  For more information please contact Marie Carroll at South Yorkshire Police Authority on 01226 772838 or email mcarroll@syjs.gov.uk.

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