Last call for grant applications from community action fund

November 29 2015

COMMUNITY and voluntary schemes that would benefit from an injection of cash have just days left to apply to a fund set up by police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens.

COMMUNITY and voluntary schemes that would benefit from an injection of cash have just days left to apply to a fund set up by police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens.

The Commissioner’s Community Action Fund was established in May 2013 by Ms Mountstevens when she became the first Avon and Somerset PCC.

Grants of up to £5,000 can be given to projects across the Avon and Somerset police force area that tackle issues in local areas that are related to policing priorities and efforts to cut crime.

But the fund is about to close ahead of the May 2016 election for the next PCC so a deadline for applications has been set for Tuesday, December 1. Decisions on how the money will be distributed will be made in the new year.

Among schemes that have already received funding is a support group for young parents in Yate to addresses issues such as domestic abuse, self-harm and isolation.

The South Gloucestershire Disability Equality Network was helped to raise awareness of hate crime against those with disabilities, while the South Gloucestershire Youth Initiative was given a grant to help young people recover from domestic abuse.

Applications for the final round of grants should be made online to the Avon and Somerset Police Community Trust.