The Community Safety Development Fund 2020/21
The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s vision for Essex is to ensure that safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which we build success and well-being for all. To support this, we have created the Community Safety Development Fund. This £300,000 fund offers grants of up to £20,000 for community projects that help to prevent and tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in Essex.
The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner made available £150,000 from the Community Safety Development Fund to support voluntary and community organisations helping the most vulnerable people in Essex who were impacted by coronavirus. The funds was administered by Essex Community Foundation as part of its Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme.
The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is pleased to open the Community Safety Development Fund 2020/21 in order to distribute the remaining £150,000 to support local voluntary and community safety groups to deliver effective approaches to preventing and tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in Essex.
Applications to the fund must reflect at least one of the seven priorities in the PFCC’s Police and Crime Plan:
• Providing more local, visible and accessible policing
• Cracking down on anti-social behaviour
• Breaking the cycle of domestic abuse
• Reversing the trend in serious violence
• Tackling gangs and organised crime
• Protecting children and vulnerable people
• Improving safety on our roads
Deadline for applications is 10th February 2021.
Any questions please contact PFCC@essex.police.uk
Some CSDF success stories:
The Essex County Fire and Rescue Service ‘Firebreak Programme’ aims to promote a culture of safety, team work and citizenship by teaching a range of vital life skills while undertaking the various disciplines of the Fire Service. The scheme is part funded by the Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and provides a learning environment that combines practical skills and scenario based training.
Sue Pell – Essex Girls and Boys Club
The Essex Boys and Girls Clubs provide safe environments for young people to gather, away from the threat of drugs, alcohol or crime. Their ethos is engaging young people in adventurous activities, sports and arts to foster a positive impact on their lives. You can watch the video to learn more about the fantastic work Sue and her colleagues do.
Street Pastors is an interdenominational church response to the issues of local communities. Pastors provide a Christian presence on the streets in local communities in order to listen, care and help. They support patrons of the late economy without discrimination on any grounds. To look at how the CSDF benefits the scheme you can watch the following video.
Turning Tides is a project of the Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) which carries out community based projects in conjunction with partner organisations. It promotes active citizenship and offers a range of activities for young people living in disadvantaged areas of central Southend as well as supporting isolated, older people living across the borough. Turning Tides encourages involvement in social activities, volunteering, training and environmental projects.