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Grants available for communities to help prevent crime

Friday 22nd April, 2022

A brand new fund has been launched in partnership between the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) and Quartet Community Foundation (QCF).

The Commissioner’s Crime Prevention Fund will support community projects and activities that help to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour.

Community groups and charities can now apply for grants (money that does not need to be paid back) of between £1,000 to £5,000 from the Commissioner’s Crime Prevention Fund to help create safer communities in our area.

Justin Sargent, Chief Executive at Somerset Community Foundation said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside our neighbours at Quartet Community Foundation, and our partners at the OPCC. The money from the Commissioner’s Crime Prevention Fund will be targeted at supporting work that helps prevent, and reduces the impact of, crime in our communities.

“We want to fund a wide range of community-led projects including creating safer streets and green spaces, raising awareness among young people, and the promotion of restorative justice.”

Mark Shelford, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner said of the fund: “I am delighted that my office, SCF and QCF have set up this important Crime Prevention fund to help create safer communities.

“Local residents know their neighbourhoods better than anyone and we want to help communities prevent crime in their area. We want to support a real range of projects that help prevent crime as outlined in my Police and Crime Plan. So, if you, your neighbours or your community have ideas, initiatives or projects that does just this, please apply for a grant so local people can benefit from reduced crime. I look forward to supporting and visiting these projects – start applying.”

A total of £200,000 is available from the fund and Somerset’s allocation is expected to be around £60,000.  There will be three opportunities to apply across the year. Groups based in Somerset should apply for a grant by visiting Somerset Community Foundation’s website, here: www.somersetcf.org.uk/opcc or by calling 01749 344949 before the deadline of Friday 27 May, 2022.

Any groups based in BANES, Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire should apply to QCF: www.quartetcf.org.uk/grant-programmes/oppc

Somerset Community Foundation is a charity that helps passionate people in Somerset change the world on their doorstep by funding local charities and inspiring local giving and philanthropy. They aim to build stronger communities in Somerset where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. They provide rewarding and impactful ways for donors to give through them, to the causes and places they care about most. Together, they fund amazing organisations and the passionate people that change lives every day.

Since SCF were founded in 2002 they’ve awarded more than £17 million in funding, changing thousands of lives across Somerset.

Photo Caption:Mark Shelford, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner is keen to support community projects that help prevent crime

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