Charitable and community groups that specialise in supporting young people at risk of crime are being urged to apply for a share of a £270k fund to Make Notts Safe.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry has set aside £1million from her budget over the next three years to increase the safety of local people and communities – with an initial £270k available for Youth Diversion between May 2022 and March 2025.
As Chair of the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), Commissioner Henry and the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) are working to identify and support an array of youth projects and initiatives with the offer of multi-year grants to bolster work to divert young people away from crime and antisocial behaviour.
A further funding round is available under the theme Hidden Harms.
In addition, the Commissioner has launched a Make Notts Safe Community Chest providing short-term funding of between six months and one year. An Innovation Fund will be launched later this year to enable grassroots organisations to pilot and evaluate new and innovative activity to tackle crime.
Commissioner Henry said: “The Make Notts Safe Grant Funding puts the power back in the hands of organisations on the ground to help us deliver real change in Nottinghamshire by funding projects that have a real impact on both combating crime and addressing drivers of crime in communities.”
Natalie Baker-Swift, Head of the VRU, added: “Our community partners are vital to our work – without them the young people we support would not be where they are today.
“The Commissioner’s multiyear funding grants will give charities and voluntary groups the resources they need to re-engage vulnerable young people, increase their confidence and self-esteem and give them a safe outlet to express themselves and their fears. Their efforts are critical to our own work to reduce violence.
“Nottinghamshire is blessed with a wealth of youth and community-led expertise. We are inviting them to become part of an unstoppable movement that improves the lives of thousands of young people across Nottinghamshire.”
Commissioner Henry’s Make Notts Safe Grants have been split into thematic funding rounds based on the strategic priorities contained in her Police and Crime Plan. These priorities include funding youth diversionary activities, addressing hidden harms, tackling both rural and hate crime and combating issues of greatest community concern.
The deadline to apply is Monday 7th March 2022.
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