Groups invited to bid for money from PCC's office
Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner is inviting groups to bid for a share of two funds.
Matthew Scott has created the Safer in Kent Fund and the Mental Health and Policing Fund to hand out money to groups which can help deliver his Safer in Kent Plan.
Mr Scott said:
The Safer in Kent Fund is targeted at voluntary, charity and community groups to support the delivery of innovative projects, with parish and district councils also allowed to bid.
‘Kent Police works with a number of locally based organisations and Councils to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour. To support this, I’m investing in schemes that make people safer and reduce re-offending, and commissioning services that reduce pressure on policing due to mental health.
‘The Safer in Kent Fund, worth £150,000, and the Mental Health and Policing Fund, of which £150,000 is now available, will enable me to keep that promise.’
The Mental Health and Policing Fund is to support schemes and projects which will reduce the potential demand on police time, when there is other services or support available. This fund is open to the same groups, but the NHS is precluded from bidding, and it is not to be used to prop up or support schemes that are statutory.
Mr Scott added:
‘I want to empower and support local communities to work towards reducing and preventing crime and antisocial behaviour. I want to provide support to vulnerable, minority and hard-to-reach groups to reduce and prevent victimisation; and I want to reduce the amount of criminals re-offending.
‘To do that, I need as many of our partners as possible to come to my office with innovative ideas. I’m willing to award up to £10,000 to projects which address a particular local need, but if a project can cover a larger part of Kent and Medway I’m willing to award up to £20,000. All of this is in addition to the money I already give to local councils.
‘Of course my office and I will be monitoring the progress of any projects carefully to make sure that taxpayers’ money is used wisely.’
Click here for more details of the criteria and to apply online.
The closing date for bids is 30 May 2017. Would-be applicants are advised to read the PCC’s Commissioning Strategy before applying for funding to maximise their chances of being successful. Efforts have been made to make the process simpler and more transparent.