Dyfed-Powys community projects to benefit from £70k fund
Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon has launched round four of a funding scheme which improves the lives of the people across Dyfed-Powys.
The Commissioner’s Fund offers grants of up to £5,000 for charities, voluntary organisations and community groups to develop ideas that have a positive impact on the area they serve.
The first three rounds saw 70 initiatives benefit with more than £250,000 in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.
They ranged from a Ceredigion programme of safety education for young people to a Powys project which wanted to protect people threatened by homelessness.
A Pembrokeshire arts project received £5,000 to reduce social isolation and a Carmarthenshire group received £4,000 to highlight the risks of socialising online.
In round four, the projects – to be nominated by frontline police officers and Dyfed-Powys Police staff – will once again reflect Mr Salmon’s 2013-18 Police and Crime Plan for Dyfed-Powys. They could, for example, educate, protect or support vulnerable groups, or aim to change the behaviour of potential or persistent offenders.
Grants could pay for essentials such as educational toys, sports gear, publicity material, training, transport costs, venue hire, volunteer expenses or running costs.
Mr Salmon said: “I want to encourage projects which make our communities safer; the Commissioner’s Fund is one way I do that.”
The scheme is funded by the proceeds of crime awarded to the police and from the sale of unclaimed found property. Projects are not nominated by the public or organisations but by police officers and police staff, and approved by a senior officer.
Total funds are reviewed regularly, with this fourth round offering £70,000. Applications open today (note: Feb 26) with a deadline of March 31. Beneficiaries will be announced in May.
The Commissioner’s Fund does not fund individuals and sole traders, profit-making organisations, statutory bodies, organisations not established in the UK and projects already receiving money from his Office.
It won’t pay for items such as contingency costs, endowments, feasibility studies, alcohol, political or religious activities and projects that the state is obliged to provide.