Grants Awarded 2015

Youth projects which will help to divert young people from anti-social and criminal behaviour this Halloween and Bonfire Night have received a £43,000 cash boast from a fund created from the sale of stolen goods.

October 2015

Jane Kennedy has awarded grants from her Police Property Act (PPA) Fund to 16 community groups which are working to divert young people away from dangerous activities and keep communities safe during one of the busiest times of the year for the police.

It is the sixth round of funding allocated from the PPA Fund, which uses money raised through the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police that cannot be returned to its owners to worthwhile causes. This is the second year the Commissioner has chosen to focus the funding on tackling the traditional rise in anti-social and criminal behaviour around the Autumn festive season.

The awards are designed to give a vital cash boost to organisations that are making a difference in their communities by reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, supporting victims of crime or making neighbourhoods safer places to live.

Jane said: “Halloween and Bonfire Night should be a time of excitement and celebration. Unfortunately a small minority of people can ruin the fun for everyone else.

“As a result, this can be a really busy time of year for the Force. By supporting these initiatives I can help them reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, relieving the strain on the police during this critical period and thereby keep our communities safe.”

A total of 55 applications were received, with seven organisations from Knowsley receiving funding, four groups benefitting in Liverpool, two in Sefton and St Helens and one on the Wirral.

Among the successful organisations was the L14 Community Centre which is using their funding to run six ‘Living Nightmare’ event evenings to engage young people from Page Moss, Stockbridge Village and Huyton. Each night is expected to be attended by more than 200 youngsters and, last week, the Commissioner attended the first of these sessions.

Other initiatives being funded are a range of innovative late night diversion activities hosted by Toxteth Fire Fit Hub, an outdoor cinema event for youngsters in Maghull hosted by Maghull Community Enterprise, and a full programme of Halloween and Mischief Night activities including music, football, and arts in Parr and Fingerpost in St Helens run by the Moore Fun Factory.

On the Wirral, the Leasowe Development Trust will be running a lantern parade which is hoped will involve more than 3,000 young people.

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. CFM’s philanthropy manager James Proctor said: “We are proud to be working with Merseyside’s Police Commissioner and administering the Police Property Act fund. For further information on information on the Community Foundation please visit our website www.cfmerseyside.org.uk

Read about some of the great work being done by the successful applicants and find out about the grants which have been awarded here.


More than 20 community organisations have been awarded a share of nearly £45,000 to help young people make the right choices over the summer holidays.

July 2015

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has today announced that 23 grassroots youth projects will share a slice of the latest round of funding from her Police Property Act Fund.

The fund is designed to give one-off grants of up to £5,000 to community and voluntary organisations that are making Merseyside a better place to live, work or visit.

For the first time the Commissioner decided the funding should be used to primarily focus on a specific audience and, in May, she announced her intention to use her fifth round of funding to support and engage with young people, helping them to build skills and prevent them from getting involved in criminal or dangerous behaviour.

The response she received was overwhelming, with 70 organisations submitting applications worth a total value of £270,000.

Among the 23 successful bids chosen to receive funding were five projects in St Helens which will support nearly 3,700 young people to take part in a range of sports and arts activities across the Borough. In Wirral, four projects will help young people get involved with sports, social activities and educational workshops. They include a five-week project run by Tranmere Rovers in the Community to support looked after children aged eight to 16.

In Knowsley one of the successful projects will help young people off the streets by helping them make street music, while the funding will help four projects in Sefton engage with up to 1,200 young people.

A total of eight projects have benefitted from the grants in Liverpool, including funding for a youth worker to support those who are on the edge of getting involved with gangs and criminal behaviour and a summer café designed to give young people a dedicated place to go rather than spending their free time on the streets or the city centre.

Jane said: “With this latest round of funding I really wanted to concentrate on helping community organisations who work with our young people, ensuring they have the resources they need to keep our youngsters engaged over the summer holidays.

“The number and quality of the bids just demonstrates the demand for this kind of funding and I am delighted that we have been able to help many of these grassroots organisations deliver projects which will support and engage with our young people at what can be a critical time.

“By investing in these youth projects, I believe we will help to stop more young people becoming involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour, ensuring a more positive future for them, their families and the whole community.

“I look forward to seeing the impact of these projects over the coming months to see how they have made a difference.”

Successful projects

 Area

 Organisation

 Amount given

 Knowsley

 EnChord Youth Music Project

 £2,500

 Knowsley

 Fusion Morris Dancers

 £2,000

 Lpool South

 Greenhouse Multi-cultural Play and Arts    Project

 £1,500

 Lpool South

 Al Gazahli Centre

 £1,500

 Lpool South

 Speke Children’s Environment Comm

 £1,500

 Lpool South

 Somali Women’s group

 £1,500

 Lpool North

 Lister Residents Ass

 £1,170

 Lpool South

 Garston adventure Playground

 £1,500

 Lpool North

 Everton in the Community

 £2,000

 Lpool North

 Central Youth Club

 £2,000

 Sefton

 Fire Support Network

 £2,000

 Sefton

 Netherton Park Community Ass

 £2,000

 Sefton

 Rampworx

 £2,000

 Sefton

 South Sefton FC

 £2,000

 St Helens

 Business for youth

 £2,000

 St Helens

 Derbyshire Hill Community Ass

 £2,000

 St Helens

 Park Farm ACYP

 £2,000

 St Helens

 Portico Community Group

 £1,500

 St Helens

 Saints Development Foundation

 £2,000

 Wirral

 Girl Guiding Newton

 £1,850

 Wirral

 New Brighton Community Association

 £2,000

 Wirral

Tranmere Community Project

 

 £2,000

 Wirral

 Tranmere in the Community

 £4,110

 Overall TOTAL

 23

 £44,630


Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has today announced the community organisations and charities that are set to benefit from the fourth round of funding from her Police Property Act (PPA) Fund.

January 2015

Jane Kennedy awards the funds to community groups and organisations which help to deliver her policing and crime priorities and which are working to make neighbourhoods across Merseyside safer places to live.

Ten organisations will share the funding which totals more than £43,000.

Today’s announcement brings the amount now awarded to worthwhile causes since the Commissioner was elected in November 2012 to £155,000.

Among the projects that have received funding are a range of initiatives that work to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour, a grant to provide culturally-sensitive programmes supporting victims of sexual offences and a community centre which received funding to develop community cohesion and develop a youth mentoring scheme.

Jane said: “I am delighted to today announce a further round of funding for community groups and organisations that are carrying out really worthwhile work across Merseyside.

“Once again, I was impressed by the enthusiasm demonstrated by these organisations and their commitment to making a difference in their communities. This funding will help them deliver their important work.

“These grants provide a vital contribution to my aim of reducing anti-social behaviour, preventing crime and keeping people safe.

In October, Jane awarded £35,000 to charities and organisations which were working to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour during Halloween and Bonfire Night. A total of 25 community groups shared the funding which was designed to help them divert young people away from dangerous activities and keep communities safe during one of the busiest times of the year for the police. It was the first time the funding had been used to concentrate on a specific occasion and the Commissioner confirmed that a further round of awards would be considered for those organisations which had not met the Halloween and Bonfire Night criteria.

Among the successful organisations working with young people are the Kirkdale Neighbourhood Co Ltd, who were awarded £5,000 to deliver outreach diversion services in hotspot areas, the ADHD Foundation who received £4,860 to provide training on managing emotions and substance and alcohol misuse among young people in Sefton who are at risk of offending and the Chinese Community Centre Pagoda who were given £5,000 to engage with young people in Liverpool South.

Other initiatives that have received funding include HEAT, which was awarded £4,940 to deliver culturally sensitive Freedom Programmes for victims and survivors of sexual abuse, Altru Arts CIC which received a grant of £3,300 to deliver creative workshops across Knowsley on anti-social behaviour, crime and alcohol and Queens Road Neighbourhood Centre in Sefton, which received £5,000 to develop a street outreach programme targeting young people at risk of offending.

Organisations can apply for grants of up to £5,000 from the PPA Fund, which awards money raised by the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police to worthwhile causes.

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.

CFM’s philanthropy manager James Proctor said: “We are proud to be working with Merseyside’s Police Commissioner and administering the Police Property Act fund. For further information on information on the Community Foundation please visit our website www.cfmerseyside.org.uk