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PCC encourages community groups to apply for their share of 75000 of funding

22 June, 2015

COMMUNITY groups are being encouraged to bid for their share of £75,000 of funding from Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Grants of up to £2,500 are available from Clive Grunshaw’s Community Action Fund for grassroots projects that make a real difference.

This year, £25,000 more than last year is being made available to support groups that help the Commissioner achieve his priorities of protecting vulnerable people and tackling crime, reoffending and anti-social behaviour.

The announcement comes as six more groups have shared more than £10,000 of Community Action Fund cash for projects that help people in their local areas.

Broadgate Residents Action Group, in Preston, will use its £2,500 grant for its mentoring and coaching family project. The group will work with the top 10 most vulnerable and at risk young people for a 12-week period. Activities will include one-to-one counselling, peer support activities, monthly parent and family support sessions as well as trips out of the area during the school holidays, which will be earned through good behaviour.

The Commissioner has awarded £1,200 to Eagles Wings, in Preston, to help it support victims of domestic abuse. They will run activity sessions twice a week for three hours. The charity provides support for women, helping them regain confidence in a positive and private environment.

Lancashire Sports and Arts Foundation, which is also based in Preston, has been given £2,000 to help fund a youth festival. The money will allow the group to deliver a range of stimulating and enriching activities, such as sports and cultural development activities, for youngsters aged 12 to 18. The project helps to tackle crime, reoffending and anti-social behaviour.

In Lancaster, the Larks in the Park Youth Community will use the Commissioner’s £1,960 of funding for its youth-led music festival, which will take place on June 28.

Mr Grunshaw has awarded £2,000 to South Shore Cricket Club to help with a project aimed at tackling crime, reoffending and anti-social behaviour. The funding will be used to put on a multi-sports community development programme, which will work with young people aged 12 to 19 over a 10-week period in some of Blackpool’s most deprived areas.

And Summer Fun For All, in Darwen, has been given £1,000 to provide two days of open access activities, such as archery, high ropes and bouncy slides, to youngsters in the town. The scheme aims to help reduce anti-social behaviour by providing opportunities to take part in diversionary activities.

The Commissioner said: “I’m delighted to award this funding to such worthy groups that are helping to make a real difference in their communities.

“I am committed to working with Lancashire’s communities to support them in making the county a safer and better place to live.

“All of the groups I have given money to use innovative and creative ways to help me achieve my priorities of tackling crime, reoffending and anti-social behaviour as well as protecting vulnerable people and I would like to thank them for their effort and commitment.

“I’ve now made £75,000 of funding available through the Community Action Fund and I would encourage groups that run projects in their local areas to apply.”

For more information on how to apply for funding, visit www.lancashire-pcc.gov.uk/partnership/commissioners-community-action-fund

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