Community groups and voluntary sector organisations have the opportunity to apply for a grant, thanks to a Community Safety Fund launched this month.
Voluntary sector organisations and community groups across County Durham and Darlington have the opportunity to apply to the £150,000 Community Safety Fund.
For the fourth year Ron Hogg, Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC), is continuing his partnership with local grant-making charity County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF).
Under this partnership, the PCVC contributes £100,000 to the Fund and a further £50,000 comes from grant funds managed by CDCF.
Funding is available for projects and initiatives, which help to keep communities safe and contribute towards inspiring public confidence.
Hogg said: “I am delighted that we are able to make the Community Safety Fund available again this year.
“The scheme has been very popular in the past and has made a real difference in many communities.
“I am grateful to CDCF for their continued support, as their contribution of £50,000 makes a huge difference to the number of projects we can support which turn makes a real difference in communities.”
For 2018-19 the key themes that the Community Safety Fund is looking to support include projects and activities that:
• Encourage diversionary activities
• Tackle anti-social behaviour
• Tackle harm caused by alcohol, drugs, and violence
Preference will be given to projects that can show they are embedded in a community, and focus on a specific locality, as opposed to projects with a wider but lighter touch approach.
An example would be creating activities for young people in a specific community as opposed to a county wide publicity campaign for public safety.
Michelle Cooper, CEO of County Durham Community Foundation, said: “It is wonderful that we are able to continue this important programme in partnership with the PCVC into its fourth year.
“We are look forward to receiving exciting, innovative bids from groups that look to keep our area safe and inspire confidence within our communities.”
The closing date for applications is Sunday 29 April 2017. For details, and to apply visit http://www.cdcf.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant
• Pictured (above): Michelle Cooper, CEO Durham Community Action, Georgia O’Connor 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist – Boxing, PCVC Ron Hogg, Paul Lysaght Durham Community Boxing Club who received a grant from the fund in 2017.