VIDEO: Police Crime Commissioner launches Community Fund

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Grants of up to £20,000 have been made available as part of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s new community fund.

Grants of between £500 and £20,000 will be available to local community groups, individuals and organisations for one-off projects that help keep their local communities safer.

Police Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan said: “I believe local people have the best knowledge about what works in their local area.”

“Times are difficult so I am happy to extend funding that will help in these circumstances.”

Although the project was only launched on May 9th, Mrs Mulligan said her team have already received around 50 applications for community grants.

She said: “We’ve already had interest from nearly 50 people including for a skate park, alley gates in York, a group wanting to put offenders to work refurbishing a cycle park, anger management courses for domestic abuse offenders, activities to reduce hate crime and equipment to help keep young people busy over the summer holidays.

“We are keen to hear as many ideas as possible.”

Mrs Mulligan explained that she is able to offer this fund despite the tough economic climate due to central government funding.

She said: “This year we got slightly better funding from the government than we expected, better than we can probably expect next year too.”

She went on to emphasise that the grants will be one-offs, meant for new projects.

“The fund isn’t to prop existing things up but to help communities launch new projects.

“What we don’t want to do is top up funding gaps, this is new money for new projects, it isn’t sustainable funding it is a one off grant.”

The Police Crime Commissioner hopes that fund will be accessible, Mrs Mulligan added: “We have made it as straight forward as possible for people to apply as we want people to have the money and don’t it to be difficult.”

For more information on the community fund visit www.northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk or call 101 and ask for the community fund.

Will you be applying for the grant? Let us know your ideas to keep the community safer. Email ackrill.news@ypn.co.uk.