Voluntary and community groups across the East Riding are being invited to apply for grants from a new fund that has been launched to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour issues.
The East Riding Crime Reduction Fund has been established by the East Riding Community Safety Partnership, thanks to almost £100,000 funding provided by the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner.
The scheme, which is being managed by the Two Ridings Community Foundation on behalf of the community safety partnership, will allow voluntary and community groups to submit applications for funding of up to £10,000 for new or existing projects.
In order to be eligible for a grant, groups or organisations must:
• be a voluntary organisation, community group, small charity or other not-for-profit organisation with charitable aims- this also includes parish and town councils providing the project is for work outside their usual remit
• be based in and/or serving the communities within the boundaries covered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council
• have a constitution or governing document.
The projects, which could tackle issues such as domestic abuse to substance and alcohol misuse, must also help to meet at least one of the three aims in the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner's police and crime plan, which are to:
• deliver increasingly self-sustaining and safe communities in the Humber area
• build public confidence in the agencies involved in creating safer communities
• provide services to victims and the vulnerable that meet their needs.
Councillor Shaun Horton, chair of the East Riding Community Safety Partnership and portfolio holder for community involvement at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "Voluntary and community groups do play a vital role in crime reduction across the East Riding."This fund will help establish new projects and initiatives which will help communities tackle issues that are important to them to help make the areas they live a safer place to be."
Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside, Keith Hunter, said: "One of the key aims of my police and crime plan is to deliver increasingly self-sustaining and safe communities. "I have funded the community safety partnership in the East Riding of Yorkshire to ensure community groups have a local point of contact and I hope the fund will encourage a greater community involvement to tackle crime and safety.
Applications for the fund will be assessed on an on-going basis with decisions on awards being made in September, December and then March 2018.
Deadlines for applications, which will be considered at East Riding Community Safety Partnership meetings, are 31 July, 23 October and 15 January, 2018.
Any applications received after these dates will go forward to the next deadline.
For more information about the East Riding Crime Reduction Fund go to www.trcf.org.uk/grants-er-crime-reduction-fund