Sussex PCC opens community safety fund for local initiatives

07/08/2018

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 groups that provide a positive and lasting impact on the local community in Sussex.

“Since launching the Safer in Sussex funding scheme in December 2013 I have allocated nearly £1.5 million from the Community Safety Fund to support almost 300 crime reduction and community safety initiatives.” 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, keeping Sussex a safe place in which to live.”

To qualify, projects should demonstrate how they will increase or promote community safety within the local community and have a positive long-term impact. They should also be able to offer evidence to support the need for the project and show how it helps to prevent offending and reduce re-offending.

Just some of the organisations from across Sussex that have received grants from the Community Safety Fund to date include:

• Antifreeze, a project run by Off the Fence Trust, supports those who have struggled with life-destroying addictions, mental health issues, job loss, family breakdown, violence and bereavement which have led to homelessness. The team and volunteers work to restore self-worth, confidence and independence, and help to address welfare and financial issues. (£5,000)

• The Friday Night Project – Active Hastings, a project that provides a safe structured environment for young people on Friday evenings, a time when we are aware from discussions with local officers that anti-social behaviour can be a particular problem. (£4,904)

• Streetlight UK , a charity that provides a specialist, frontline support service to vulnerable groups of women in Crawley and the surrounding areas, involved in and affected by prostitution and sexual exploitation. (£5,000)

The window for receiving applications opened on Monday 6 August and will close at 11:59pm on Friday 14 September 2018. For more information and to apply, please visit www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/apply-for-funding.

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