Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa today announced details of his large grants scheme for 2017 which enables crime prevention projects to benefit from up to £25,000 in financial support.
The Commissioner launched his annual Community Action Grant large grant scheme which supports organisations helping to meet his community safety goals with vital funding to enhance their projects.
Mr Dhindsa has pledged to allocate £275,000 per year to local organisations which complement his Police and Crime Plan priorities, encourage partnership working, support victims as they recover from their experience and help people to turn their back on crime or dependency problems.
Of this amount, £200,000 will be allocated in large grants while £75,000 has been reserved for smaller projects allocated in three separate rounds during the financial year. Numerous small grants have already been presented to community safety projects across Derbyshire in awards up to £2,500 and there are more opportunities still to come.
The opportunity to apply for larger grants is open for applications from October 1 to November 30. Project managers are invited to apply for amounts between £2,501 and £25,000 to support large scale crime prevention work.
Commenting Mr Dhindsa said: “Keeping crime at bay in Derbyshire is a joint effort and I really value the work of our voluntary and community groups which tackle localised problems in a localised way and deliver tangible results.
“So many organisations across the county are making a difference to people’s lives, not only keeping our communities safe but also supporting people to turn their back on the social problems or health issues that are ruining their lives which has a positive impact on all our public services – not just policing.
“The large grant scheme is available just once a year and I urge organisations needing financial support to get in touch so we can help their crime prevention projects with. Non-profit organisations which require smaller grants can also now apply for funding to achieve their community safety goals.”
The Commissioner has a host of priorities to tackle in his vision for a safer Derbyshire including keeping vulnerable people safe from harm, supporting victims, maintaining strong and effective partnerships, tackling drugs and alcohol, supporting those with mental health issues and working with young people to break the cycle of offending and repeat victimisation.
Projects which have previously won large grant funding from the scheme include those dedicated to supporting victims of scams, education initiatives in primary schools on substance misuse, creative arts projects working with children in care and recovery programmes for offenders battling substance misuse.
Recipients of small grant awards include allotment associations, youth groups and sports clubs and local groups supporting the deaf community and young people with autism.
Submissions for large grant funding can be made from October 1 to November 30. Decisions will be made in January 2018 and successful projects will be expected to commence from April 1 2018. The next deadline for small grant applications is November 1 2017.
For more information on the grant application process including criteria and to apply visit: http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Finance-and-Grants/Grants/Crime-Prevention-Grants.aspx