Community groups urged to apply for cash seized from criminals
A new scheme is being launched to hit villains where it hurts them most – in the pocket – to help community groups in North Wales.
Money seized from criminals will be used to create a pot of money available to organisations which help tackle anti-social behaviour and combat crime and disorder.
Following a successful trial last year, the scheme is being set up by North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick CB QC, North Wales Police and the North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT).
A total of £42,000 will be up for grabs – with £3,000 apiece for two groups in each county and £6,000 available for a group that operates across North Wales.
The Your Community, Your Choice initiative – otherwise known as the Participatory Budgeting Scheme – is being partly funded by the money recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act, using cash confiscated from offenders with the rest coming from the Police Commissioner.
Community groups are being urged to apply between September 8 and October 10 using a form on the websites of the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner and North Wales Police.
A shortlist of applicants will be chosen by a special panel and from November 1 members of the public will decide which groups to support with a vote via the two websites and a dedicated email address.
Mr Roddick said: “This scheme is vitally important. It’s a first class scheme which brings the police and the community closer together.
“It gives an opportunity for the community to decide how they would like to see the funds we’ve extracted from criminals spent in their community.
Assistant Chief Constable Richard Debicki was equally enthusiastic. He said: “I think the value of a scheme like this is it allows members of the public and local organisations right in the heart of communities to bid into a fund and to be part of the solutions to crime and disorder in their area.
“The money is from the Police Commissioner’s fund as well as money which has been seized, and assets confiscated from the proceeds of crime.
The opening date is September 8 and completed applications must be returned via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing date at 5pm on October 10.
- Applicants must be a properly constituted voluntary organisation, community group or charity working in North Wales. Applications from public sector bodies will not be accepted.
- Completed applications must be returned via email to email@example.com
- Opening Date for applications will be: Monday 8th September 2014.
- The closing date for applications will be 5.00pm on Friday 10th October2014. Applications received after this period will not be considered.
- Projects must be completed and grant monies spent by 31st March 2015.
- The application form is available via the North Wales Police website (please see link) http://www.north-wales.police.uk/news__appeals/latest_news/participatory_budgeting_scheme.aspx?lang=en-gb
If you would like to speak to a member of your local policing team to discuss your proposal please visit the Neighbourhood Policing section for your local contact.
Application Criteria and Guidelines:
- This fund is speciﬁcally to invest in projects that are designed to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in local communities. Please also refer to the Current Police and Crime Plan March 2014.
- Maximum amount of application –
- £3,000.00 for individual County applicants
- £6,000.00 for pan-North Wales applicants
- Applicants must be a properly constituted voluntary organisation, community group or charity working in North Wales
- Applicants should indicate:
- a) How your project will contribute towards reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in your area
- b) How many people will be involved in your project
- c) Ages of people involved in your project
- d) The beneﬁts which the project will bring to your local community
- e) Who will beneﬁt from the project
- f) Partners/agencies involved in/supporting your project
- Applications must include a full ﬁnancial breakdown, giving speciﬁc details of how the funding will be spent e.g. equipment, travel, staﬀ costs etc. Applicants should indicate if they have obtained, or are in the process of obtaining, any match-funding.
- If any young people involved in your project are aged under eighteen, the group must have the support of adults and appropriate vetting procedures have been carried out. Please conﬁrm in your application that this has been obtained.