Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has today marked International Youth Day by once again inviting organisations which work to divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour to bid for grants of up to £5,000.
Jane Kennedy has today announced that a total fund of £45,000 is available from her Police Property Act Fund (PPA) for grassroots initiatives that will help young people to make the right choices during the autumn half term.
It is the seventh round of PPA funding the Commissioner has released for charities and groups who are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims across Merseyside, with the money being raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police.
This latest round of funding has been released for projects which will help to divert young people away from criminal or dangerous behaviour during the October school holidays, particularly over Halloween and Bonfire Night.
Organisations have until September 16th to apply, with the successful bids being announced in September.
Jane said: "Many communities across Merseyside see a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour during the autumn half-term, and Bonfire Night and Halloween are two of the busiest times for both Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.
“My aim is for this funding to be used for projects that complement the excellent diversionary work already carried out by the police and the fire and rescue service to prevent young people from getting involved in behaviour that could endanger themselves, their friends or people living in their neighbourhood.
“I am delighted that as we all mark International Youth Day - which aims to raise awareness of the issues affecting young people - I can announce that this funding will once again be available.
“By allocating funding in this way, I want to help local organisations prevent young people in their communities from making mistakes they may regret in the future while also playing my part to help neighbourhoods across Merseyside stay safe during the busy holiday season.”
International Youth Day is celebrated annually on August 12 to recognise the efforts of young people across the world while promoting positive ways of engaging them to become more actively involved in making a contribution to their community. It has been marked by the UN since 2000.
The PPA fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM) on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from philanthropic individuals and organisations who wish to support deserving causes in Merseyside and Lancashire.
Find out more about the PPA Fund here.
All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 5pm on Friday, 16th September.