Groups urged to apply for crime fighting cash

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Non profit organisations are invited to apply for grants of up to £10,000 being distributed by South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Groups must be carrying out work which fits with the PCC’s priorities of cutting anti-social behaviour, protecting the vulnerable, improving visible policing, preventing re-offending and ensuring victims and witnesses get a better deal.

PCC Shaun Wright said: “This round of grant funding is aimed at targeting the concerns of residents in South Yorkshire.

“My priorities are based on issues they have told me about and I am keen to channel resources towards making more of a difference to local communities.

“I welcome applications from organisations providing diversionary activities for young people specifically where anti-social behaviour is taking place.

“I would like to see submissions from organisations that are committed to community cohesion in areas with diverse ethnic communities and where tensions have been identified.”

Groups providing services to cut house burglaries, vehicle crime and improving security for those at risk of becoming victims of crime will also be considered.

Support for victims of crime will also feature highly in the selection process.

Commissioner Wright added: “In my last round of grant funding, I awarded support to organisations tackling domestic abuse across the region.

“I would now like to encourage further support groups to apply.

“I would particularly like to see applications from those interested in helping people after becoming a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence or domestic abuse.”

Alcohol and drug education groups are also encouraged to apply.

Log on to www.southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk to apply. The deadline for applications is 2pm on Thursday, September 4.