Gwent based community projects will be able to apply to the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for a share of £250,000 in cash seized from criminals and from the sale of unclaimed found property for 2017-18. Since 9am today (Thursday December 1st), Gwent PCC Jeff Cuthbert’s Partnership Fund has been open for bids from charities, voluntary organisations and community groups involved in activities that have a positive impact on their communities whilst at the same time contributing towards delivering the Commissioner’s priorities. The closing date for applications is 4pm on Friday 27th January 2017. Each group will be able to apply for between £250 up to £10,000 from the £250,000 available and will need to demonstrate how their project will deliver against the Commissioner’s police and crime priorities which are:
• Crime Prevention; • Supporting Victims; • Community Cohesion, and; • Dealing with Anti-social Behaviour. Since the Partnership Fund was launched by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent three and a half years ago by the first Commissioner, nearly £750,000 has been awarded to nearly 250 community projects across the Force area. The money has been seized from criminals who have been ordered to pay back their ill-gotten gains from activities such as organised crime and drug dealing. Specifically for 2017-18, the fund is aimed primarily towards projects that focus on crime prevention, community cohesion (communities working together / groups from or working with ethnic minorities) and protecting vulnerable people (e.g. mental health / disability / the elderly or children and young people). The Commissioner is also proactively welcoming applications for projects that are delivered through the medium of Welsh or are bilingual. Urging community groups to apply, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, said: “I know that small amounts of funding can often make a big difference to people’s lives and can sometimes be the catalyst which can help small community projects to develop, grow and help even more people The Partnership Fund is a fantastic way of putting money we have seized from criminals back into the public purse so it can be used for positive community action. Under this round I am specifically looking to fund projects which primarily focus on crime prevention, community cohesion and the protection of vulnerable people. My message is simple- if you’ve got a project in mind which meets the criteria - I definitely want to hear from you.” The electronically downloadable application form and accompanying guidance notes for applicants are available on PCC website http://www.gwent.pcc.police.uk/commissioning/tier-2-partnership-fund/ Hard copies can also be obtained by emailing the Commissioner’s office directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01633 642 200.