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Almost £150,000 has been allocated to 27 charities and projects by South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright.

They follow the Commissioner’s first round of funding in March, when over £400,000 was allocated to groups to support projects.

The grants are intended to protect the most vulnerable people from crime, to reduce antisocial behaviour, improve visible policing, prevent reoffending and to ensure victims and witnesses receive a better deal

Commissioner Wright said; “Following the launch of this second phase of funding, we received 173 applications from many worthy organisations across South Yorkshire.

“It was a very difficult decision but after a great deal of thought to which causes the funding would go to, I’m confident that the successful applicants will do fantastic work with the money to help improve communities in the region. I’m looking forward to seeing the results that the funding will achieve.”

Sheffield groups in receipt of grants include Greenhill Bradway Tenants Association, SOVA, Sheffield United Community Foundation, Sheffield Wednesday Football Club Community Foundation, Objective 4.8, Emmaus Sheffield. the River Stewardship Company and Sheffield Agencies for the Vulnerable and Excluded.

Barnsley groups benefiting from a grant include Penistone East Crime & Safety Group, Barnsley Community Build and the Wombwell Crime & Safety Group.

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In Rotherham groups include Friends of Gillian Banks, Rotherham Diversity Forum Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, Rush House and the United Multicultural Centre – a local project for Eastwood Village which will provide sports sessions.

Help spend cash

Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright and his staff will be attending community events over the summer to find out how local residents would like him to spend the county’s policing budget.

Members of the public will be given £140 in pretend cash - the average amount each household pays in council tax for policing.

They will be asked what they would spend the cash on if they had control of the multi-million pound budget.

A pilot event was held in Barnsley.

Commissioner Wright said: “The event in Barnsley indicated that people wanted more money putting into investigating Child Sexual Exploitation, which is being implemented across the force right now.

“I’m hoping to attend some of the summer events and I’ll be interested to see what people want.”