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Grants scheme aims to prevent crime before it starts

Gloucestershire's award winning Commissioner's Fund re-opens next month.

Having supported over 500 local initiatives aimed at reducing crime and anti-social behaviour since it was launched in 2012, the fund is offering grants up to £5,000 in support of projects that will help prevent crime before it happens

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Chris Nelson is offering grants up to £5,000 to schemes that will prevent vulnerable people from falling into criminality.

Mr Nelson said: "The Commissioner's Fund has built up an excellent reputation for helping local organisations break the cycle of crime.

"This year, I want it to focus on projects that deliver early intervention, prevention and diversionary activities to get the message across that crime is never the answer to a problem.

"I firmly believe in better connected communities and by utilising our collective assets, we can work together to make life better."

A good example is The Door in Stroud, a leading youth charity which has worked with the Commissioner's Fund in the past to help support young people and their families in difficult times.

During the pandemic, when young people were out of school and on the streets with little or no supervision, The Door staff were able to connect with younger children who might have been vulnerable to criminal influences.

Alana Dix, commissioning officer for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "We have a long history with The Door and organisations like it, which are there primarily to help young people. That is still the case, but with the PCC's focus on projects around early intervention, prevention and diversionary activities, we are hoping to receive grant applications from projects relating to all age groups".

More details around the funding criteria will be available on the OPCC website when the fund goes live on Monday, November 7. Grants up to £5,000 will be offered for one financial year, starting in April 2023 but will not include physical security measures such as CCTV or lighting.

In order to be considered, projects must take place in Gloucestershire, be linked to one or more of the PCC's Police and Crime Prevention Plan priorities and support crime reduction and community safety work.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 12 December, 2022. Potential applicants should make their interest known by submitting the name of their organisation, a contact name and email address by email to commissioners.fund@gloucestershire.police.uk  No other information is needed at this stage.

Created in 2012, the 'Commissioner's Fund' has awarded grants to hundreds of community and voluntary organisations, including around 500 local projects working to break the cycle of crime.

The Commissioner's Fund is open to voluntary or registered charities, charity community organisations, constituted groups or clubs, Community Interest Companies (CIC), social enterprises, schools and statutory bodies (including parish and town councils).

Projects that involve the wider community and have the support of local councillors will increase their chance of an award.

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