As part of the government’s ambition to drive up community activism and build safer neighbourhoods, organisations from the voluntary sector across England and Wales are being invited to apply for a share of two new crime fighting funds.
The first set of funding for 2011/12 is open to applications from today - a £4 million ‘Choices Fund’ to support the development of innovative local solutions to reduce substance misuse and offending by young people.
The second, a £5 million ‘Community Action Against Crime: Innovation Fund’, to encourage new and creative ways of working within communities to tackle crime will be open shortly.
A further £5 million is set aside for 2012/13.
Crime prevention minister, Baroness Angela Browning, said: ‘We know people are concerned about the crime and antisocial behaviour that blights many of our towns and cities. That is why we want to empower more communities to work together to tackle issues that matter to them locally.
‘The voluntary sector plays a vital role in delivering this ambition and this new funding will help us to drive up action, encourage more creative solutions and build safer neighbourhoods for everyone.
‘We will play our part too by making the police more accountable to the public they serve and ensure that local policing priorities are focussed on what local people want, not on what central government thinks they want. We have also introduced the first ever nationwide street level crime maps which, along with regular beat meetings, mean the public can hold their local force to account not just every four years but every day.’
The deadline for applications for the Choices Fund is 18 August 2011.
Full details of the application process for the ‘Community Action Against Crime: Innovation Fund’ 2011-12 will be made available on the Home Office website shortly.