Applications welcome for PCC’s Community Safety Fund

06/06/2017

Organisations across Sussex are being invited to bid for funding from the county’s Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for local community groups that actively help reduce or prevent crime in Sussex.

“Since launching the Safer in Sussex funding scheme in December 2013, almost £1.3m has been allocated to support 239 crime reduction and community safety initiatives from local action groups and mentoring for ex-offenders to sports sessions and shelters for the homeless,” says Mrs Bourne.

“It is making a real difference to local people and neighbourhoods. The high numbers that apply each time shows organisations and community groups care about, and are committed to, helping keep Sussex a safe place in which to live.”

Just some of the organisations that have received grants from the Community Safety Fund to date include:
• Enterprise Exchange, a project that will train ex-offenders to become mentors for new clients on their self-employment programmes (£5,000)
• Streetlight UK which supports those involved in prostitution and who are at risk of sexual exploitation and trafficking within the Crawley area (£5,000)
• Nightstop, a charity that recruits, trains and supports members of the local community to be ‘hosts’, opening their homes and offering their spare room to a young person at risk of homelessness, within a safely managed framework (£5,000).

Applications for funding are accepted three times a year – the deadline for applying for this round will be Friday, 7 July 2017.

For further information about the Safer in Sussex funding scheme and how to apply, please visit www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/apply-for-funding.

Notes for editors

You can watch a selection of videos about Safer in Sussex funding on the Sussex PCC YouTube channel here.

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