Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer’s Community Action Fund has reopened, with money available for projects across Cheshire that will prevent and tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. The application window is now open from 1 September – 30 November 2022.
The fund makes £100,000 available for projects which benefit their local community by working towards improving the safety of individuals in the area.
Individual bids of up to £5,000 can be submitted by applicants who are working with their local policing team to address their area’s priorities. Applications are welcome from community, voluntary or third sector groups, including Parish Councils.
John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said “I’m really keen to support community-minded organisations across Cheshire who want to make a difference in their area and make our county even safer.”
“The Community Action Fund enables groups to develop solutions to local issues and turn these projects into reality, working hand in hand with their local policing team and supporting the aim within my Police and Crime Plan to prevent and tackle crime.”
Any bids to the Community Action Fund must be match-funded to provide the maximum benefit to the area, meaning the true value of the fund increases to £200,000. Applicants are also asked to name a contact within their local policing team and Local Authority or volunteer centre when submitting their form.
Projects supported by the Fund have included sports activities and youth engagement programmes in Macclesfield and Warrington, which have helped to prevent young people becoming involved in anti-social behaviour. The Fund has also supported installing CCTV at community premises and engagement with Cheshire’s rural communities.
John Dwyer added “It’s been great to see the Community Action Fund supporting such a wide range of projects across the county and in the most recent application window earlier this year we received some great applications for initiatives that are now in the pipeline.”
“If you have an idea to improve your community then don’t hesitate to get your application in. Together we can make Cheshire an even safer place to live, work and visit.”
To find out more about the Community Action Fund and for information on how to apply, please visit: www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk/what-the-commissioner-does/commissioning-and-funding/community-funding/community-action-fund/