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Commissioner invites applications for £75k funding pot

5 July, 2016

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has relaunched his Community Action Fund (CAF) by making £75,000 available to fund grass roots initiatives that help cut crime, reduce re-offending or support victims.

The CAF scheme has grown since it was first launched in 2013 and more than £190,000 has been awarded to 116 organisations to date. Last year, grants worth a combined £97,562 were awarded to 51 different groups across Lancashire.

CommunityActionMr Grunshaw said: “The Community Action Fund has gone from strength to strength over the last three years, helping organisations right across Lancashire.

“The money has been used for a wide range of projects to help keep Lancashire safe. I have seen first-hand the excellent work these organisations do in the county and I am delighted to have been able to support their efforts.

“I am making £75,000 available again this year and I will be looking for projects involving local groups that make a real difference in their communities. I hope to see a range of ideas, from right across Lancashire, working with a wide section of the community and I encourage any interested groups to get in touch.”

In the last year, funding has been awarded for a range of initiatives such as: sports projects in disadvantaged areas, community cohesion work, youth clubs and work with offenders and vulnerable people. Examples include:

  • ACTION FUND-5Lancashire Sports and Arts Foundation was given £2,000 towards the Preston Sports and Arts Festival. The 10-week programme took place on Monday and Thursday evenings at Moor Park and Preston YMCA, offering a range of sports and arts activities for young people aged 8 to 18. In total, 530 young people attended the sessions during the summer holidays and during that time youth-related anti-social behaviour reports in the area fell by around three per cent compared to the previous year.
  • South Shore Cricket Club received £2,000 towards its Highfield Youth Project, delivered by its community team. Working in deprived areas, the team provided sports activities for young people aged 12 to 18 on three evenings a week over a ten-week period during the summer. In total, 770 young people turned up to the sessions at Fishers Field and a local youth club saw its membership increase as a result. Local police praised the impact of the sessions and anti-social behaviour at the park fell by three per cent.
  • Rhyddings Park Neighbourhood Watch, in Hyndburn, received £1,410 to upgrade their CCTV equipment, which has helped reduce anti-social behaviour in the area.
  • The Blackburn with Darwen Youth Awareness Project received £2,000 to help raise awareness of substance misuse among young people. Teachers from local mosques educated the young people around drugs, alcohol and so-called legal highs. Local PCSOs also attended the sessions to talk to the young people and answer questions.
  • Every Action Has Consequences, a charity set up by the parents of Adam Rogers, who was killed by a single punch in Blackburn, received £2,250 to update a DVD used to educate young people. 500 copies of the updated film have now been distributed across Lancashire and are being used to help prevent crime and protect vulnerable people.

For more details about the Community Action Fund, including funding criteria and how to apply, visit the CAF section of the website or contact Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC), which administrates the scheme on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, by calling 01772 412796 or emailing lanpac@lancashire.pnn.police.uk

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