Christmas comes early for Essex not for profit groups
Organisations across the county are today welcoming good news from the Essex Violence and Vulnerability Unit (VVU) as the VVU confirms the recipients of its community grant programme.
Over 50 applications were received and after evaluation 20 organisations were awarded a combined total of £370,499.
The calibre of applications was so high, and the need for financial support within the voluntary sector so strong, that the Community Safety Development Fund of the Essex PFCC joined with the VVU to provide a larger combined pot of funds.
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex and Chair of the Violence and Vulnerability Round Table said: “We know that if young people have the knowledge, the support and information, and the divisionary activities in place, they are less likely to become involved in crime, drugs and anti-social behaviour.
“The voluntary and not for profit sector work incredibly hard in communities with young people to provide them with this support. However, these organisations have been hit really hard financially over the last 18 months, while the need for their support within these communities has not gone away.
“After seeing the calibre of work happening across Essex to support our children, young people and their families, it was an easy decision to increase the level of funding to support more projects.
“I’m delighted we’ve been able to fund so many varied initiatives and I look forward to seeing the work in action and the difference it makes to so many. Congratulations to all involved.”
Find out more about the programme and a list of organisations involved here.