Community groups and voluntary sector organisations have the opportunity to apply for a grant, thanks to a new Community Safety Fund.
Steve White, acting Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC), continues the partnership with local grant-making charity County Durham Community Foundation.
Under this partnership, the PCVC contributes £100,000 to the Fund and a further £50,000 comes from grant funds managed by the Foundation. The closing date for applications for the fund is 12pm on October 11.
Funding is available for projects and initiatives, which help to keep communities safe and contribute towards inspiring public confidence.
Steve White said: “I am so pleased to be able to announce that once again we are able to support local community groups and help to make a difference to so many.
“This is a crucial fund for empowering our communities to lead the change that’s right for their postcode.
“We are particularly interested in applications from grassroots groups in Durham and Darlington that focus on a specific area or neighbourhood.”
Last year the fund granted more than £141,000 to support 21 individual projects – all aimed at creating and sustaining safer communities.
Michelle Cooper, CO of CDCF (pictured above) said: “When people feel their community is safe, that is the foundation for all positive change.
“Without it, many projects will fall short of their aims. We are proud to run this fund and urge local groups with strong ideas to get their applications in.
“Now is the best possible time to think about how we can make our communities safe and strong as we seek to recover from the pandemic.”
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.
More details about the community safety fund, including how to apply, can be found at cdcf.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/grants-for-groups/county-durham-and-darlington-community-safety-fund.
You can also contact County Durham Community Foundation on 0191 3786340.