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Lancashire Commissioner considers 92 applications for grant funding

20 January, 2016

A £600k grant pot made available from money seized from criminals has received 92 applications totaling £3.7m.

The grants, funded under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), have been made available by Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw.

Local organisations were invited to apply for funding of between £5,000 and £100k to help them set up new initiatives that support the Commissioner’s police and crime plan priorities of:

• supporting frontline policing
• protecting vulnerable people
• tackling crime and re-offending or
• championing victims’ rights.

Clive explained: “In Lancashire we have been very proactive in making sure that criminals don’t profit from their illegal activity and have taken clear steps to recover assets.

“As a result I have been able to put money back into the force to help fight crime and I also decided to make some of the cash taken from criminals available to organisations to help deliver schemes that will keep Lancashire safe.

“The money can’t be used to fund existing revenue costs, but can be used set up new schemes or for capital investment to help a service improve or grow. They must also demonstrate how they will deliver against the priorities in my police and crime plan.”

Panels made up of senior police officers and representatives from the Commissioner’s office are set to determine the grant applications against the criteria with awards being announced in early February.

The Commissioner added: “We have had an amazing response receiving 92 applications which together total over £3.7m. Demand is clearly above available resources, however, there is no doubt the grant money will go a significant way to supporting some very positive work in our communities.”

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