Voluntary and community safety groups across Essex can apply for a funding boost from the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex’s Community Safety Development Fund.
The £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.
Applications to the fund have to demonstrate that they will make a positive impact on at least one of the Police and Crime Plan Priorities. A panel of independent local representatives assesses the bids.
They ensure the projects reflect specific community priorities, work with other existing commissioned or grant-funded activity, and provide good value for money for the taxpayer. In order to ensure initiatives align with local priorities and existing activity, applicants also have to engage with their local Community Safety Partnerships.
Previous recipients of the grants have included The Southend Youth Mixed Martial Arts Project, Chelsea Football Club Foundation, the Tendring Junior Wardens Project, the Springfield Youth Group, Colchester United Football Club and the Street Pastors.
Greg Myddelton, Assistant Director for Commissioning at the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “Groups or projects can bid for money three times a year. It is a competitive process. Last year’s fund received applications from 99 projects and 25 were awarded funding.”
Greg added: “I would like to encourage anybody who is making a difference in their communities and feel they could benefit from additional funding to apply for this fund, and I would like to thank them for the work they do to make our county a safer place, helping our most vulnerable people.”
This round of funding opened for applications on the 1st April and will close on 30th June. To find out more please visit:
If your enquiry relates to operational policing or a crime please contact Essex Police here