Local groups in Stone with bright ideas for community safety solutions will be able to apply for money from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s People Power Fund in less than a fortnight.
As part of his commitment to local communities, Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis, is again providing £500,000 in 2016/17 through the fund in the form of grants of between £100 and £3,000. The window for the latest round of applications for People Power Funding will open on 1st August until 14th September.
The fund is supporting locally-driven community safety activities throughout Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. These could include providing long-term, sustainable positive activities for young people to help reduce anti-social behaviour, mentoring programmes for targeted local groups through to activities that reassure and improve the quality of life in local areas.
In the last two years over 200 local projects across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have received People Power Funding.
Projects in Stafford borough that have benefited include Highfields Community Group in Stafford which received £2,500 for its Good Neighbour Scheme to encourage local people to swap skills and take part in volunteering roles. The group has also been involved in a school garden project, a community recycling programme and work to welcome refugees to Stafford.
Eileen Jordan, Stafford Community Organiser, said: “Links within the community are growing and members are understanding better the needs and concerns of others within their own community. We believe that this People Power Fund money has helped us encourage new people to take part in issues directly affecting them on a daily basis and would like to thank the Commissioner in believing in our group to fund activities in Highfields.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis said: “I have significantly increased the funding that local areas in Staffordshire have to make their communities safer.
“The Commissioner’s People Power Fund puts half a million pounds back into local communities and is easy and simple to apply for. It’s about local ideas to sort out local issues like anti-social behaviour. If you’ve got a good idea, the People Power Fund may be able to help you achieve it.
“If you’re a community group with good ideas to cut crime or make your area safer go to the website now to find out more.”
People Power applications need to be sponsored by the group’s Neighbourhood Police Officer or PCSO and will initially be assessed by the local Community Safety Partnership.
The People Power Fund is one part of the Commissioner’s Community Funding for 2016/17.
The Commissioner’s Proceeds of Crime Fund is seeing 100% of funding received by Staffordshire Police going back into local communities, through grants of between £3,000 and £15,000. It is made up of money seized from criminals as Staffordshire Police continue to strip offenders of their assets. Partner agencies involved in community safety locally can apply individually or in collaboration.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner’s Locality Deal Fund has allocated money to local areas through working in partnership with local district and borough councils. Successful projects in all three funding streams are delivering what’s important to local people based on the four priorities set out in the Commissioner’s Safer, Fairer, United Communities Strategy – tackling the root causes of crime through early intervention, supporting victims and witnesses better, reducing reoffending and increasing public confidence.
More details, including application forms and animated videos about the funds, are available at www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/fund