community action fund opens for bids across Somerset
and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens
has announced that her 2016 Community Action Fund is now open for
organisations and community groups can apply for grants of up to
£3,000 for initiatives that support the Police and Crime Plan
priorities and enable communities to come together to tackle issues
in their local area.
Commissioners Community Action Fund was originally established
in May 2013 and has awarded over £595,000 to local communities
across the police force region.
Sue Mountstevens said: "I set up the Community Action Fund
to give voluntary organisations and residential groups that little
bit of extra support to run initiatives which benefit the whole
community. Im proud to say that since setting up the fund,
the local communities of Avon and Somerset have received over £595,000."
projects that have been awarded funding to date are more innovative
than I could have ever imagined. For example, the fund has supported
a flower garden to reduce anti-social behaviour, an interactive
game to educate young people about the danger of drugs and a digital
toolkit to improve education on healthy relationships."
the fund, I welcome applications and look forward to seeing and
hearing about all the things you do for your community, in your
local area. By working together we can continue to make improvements
and drive the change needed in helping the communities of Avon and
Somerset be safe and feel safe."
Commissioners Community Action Fund will continue to be run
in partnership with the Police Community Trust and will welcome
applications throughout the year, with decisions made quarterly
by the Trustees.
re-opening the fund, Chair of the Police Community Trust, Bea Salter
added: "Im pleased to report the continuing partnership
and significant value of distributing the Commissioners Community
Action fund, in support of extremely worthwhile projects relating
to the PCCs priorities."
is clear our communities have a desire to make a difference and
Ive no doubt this will come across again in the applications,
I hope we continue to receive now the fund has re-opened. People
care about their communities, so we want to help ensure that they
can continue to do just that with our support."
Trustees consider all applications submitted to the Trust and administer
a range of funding streams including general crime prevention, road
safety and also young community schemes. The range of funds allows
for a wide remit and ensures the funds reach many categories of
community involvement and support."
Trust will be looking for applications that support the Police and
Crime Plan priorities, which are: Protect the most vulnerable from
harm, Strengthen and improve local policing teams (by addressing
local priorities), Ensure Avon and Somerset Constabulary has the
right people, right equipment and right culture, Work together effectively
with other police forces and key partners agencies to provide better
services to local people.
more information about the Community Action Fund, the Police and
Crime Plan priorities and to apply click
Police Community Trust also offers and administers other grant schemes,
including the Road Safety Fund, offering grants of up to £5,000,
and the General Fund, offering grants of up to £1,000. For
more information about the Police Community Trust and all available
grant schemes, click