PCC awards funds to crime-fighting charities

Merseyside / November 21

Nearly £37,000 has been awarded to crime-fighting charities and organisations to help them make a difference in their community, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.

Nearly £37,000 has been awarded to crime-fighting charities and organisations to help them make a difference in their community, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.

Jane Kennedy has selected 24 community and voluntary organisations that will benefit from the first round of funding released from her Police Property Act Fund.

The money will go towards vital community projects, including initiatives to support survivors of domestic violence, educate young girls on sexual violence and increase young people’s self-esteem. It will also go towards funding a youth worker at the Norris Green Youth Centre, a project to reduce anti-social behaviour in St Helens and promoting cultural diversity on the Wirral.

Jane Kennedy said: "I am delighted to have approved the first set of grants from my fund.

"This money will be used to make a real difference to the lives of people across Merseyside, by supporting projects which help to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, support victims of crime and make our communities better places to live.

"I was impressed not only by the range and diversity within the applications, but also the passion and enthusiasm which shone through from those projects. I am thrilled to be helping them continue the great work they do on a day-to-day basis and over the coming weeks I am really looking forward to see these groups in action.

"These projects are just the first I will be supporting. I have already announced the second round of funding from my Police Property Act Fund which is now available for other charities and groups who are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.”

The grants of up to £5,000 can give a vital cash boost to grassroots projects and initiatives that work directly to improve neighbourhoods on Merseyside. The money from the Police Property Act is raised by the sale of stolen goods or property recovered by the police that cannot be returned to its owners.

The fund is administered for the Commissioner by the Community Foundation for Merseyside (CFM), which gives individuals and organisations the opportunity to give to deserving causes in Merseyside and Lancashire.

The Community Foundation for Merseyside’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 the Community Foundation please visit our website”

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

Community Foundation for Merseyside (CFM) was established in 1999 as the Sefton Community Foundation, a charitable trust that helped donors support their community by channelling their money to community projects. In 2004, it became the Community Foundation for Merseyside. Since that time the Foundation has gone from strength to strength distributing an average of £4 million in grants to communities throughout Merseyside each year, working with private donors, and public and commissioning partners. In 2009, the Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary, having distributed over £35 million throughout our ten year history.