Still time to apply for share of £100,000 grant to help keep Norfolk safe

Stephen Bett. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY Stephen Bett. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
9:23 AM

Groups who want to help keep Norfolk one of the safest counties in the country still have time to apply for a share of a £100,000 fund being put up by Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner.

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Charities along with voluntary and community groups have until the end of the month to get their applications in for the major new fund launched earlier this year.

Stephen Bett has put forward an initial £100,000 from his commissioning budget which will deliver grants to those working with the disadvantaged and vulnerable in what he feels are key priority areas across Norfolk, including groups which are:

Tackling domestic abuse and sexual violence

Supporting victims and preventing victimisation

Working with offenders to prevent reoffending and rehabilitate offenders

Supporting people with mental health issues and personality disorder to prevent offending and victimisation

Supporting people with alcohol and substance misuse issues to prevent offending and victimisation

Called the Safer Norfolk Fund the initiative seeks to encourage partnership working and extra weight will be given to applications demonstrating where organisations are working in partnership.

Mr Bett said: “The whole point of it is to give community groups the opportuniuty to apply for funding to help me achieve the outcomes of my pledges when I was elected.”

Mr Bett’s 10 pledges to the people of Norfolk included keeping Norfolk as one of the lowest crime counties in the country; supporting victims of crime, vulnerable and elderly people; work with young people to steer clear of crime and listen carefully to the community.

Speaking when the fund was launched, Mr Bett said: “During my first year as Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner I have travelled the length and breadth of Norfolk and seen first-hand some incredible work done by dedicated people. I have met people who have a drive and determination to turn the lives of others around and those who give up their time to help and make a genuine difference.

“There are those working with youngsters trying to help them set off on the right path, those supporting victims and others running offender rehabilitation programmes to get former offenders back into employment, education or training.

“I said from the outset I wanted to do something to support the wide range of charitable, voluntary and community organisations across Norfolk working in these key areas day in, day out. That is why today I am launching this fund and asking those working in these areas to come forward and bid for money.”

Bids are welcome for any amount up to a maximum of £10,000. Applications must be in by the end of February with a view to distributing the first of the funds by the end of March.

For further information about the fund and to apply online visit http://www.norfolkfoundation.com/Safer-Norfolk-Foundation-Medium-Grants.htm

For advice and guidance on making an application to the fund please contact Clive Rayner, Grants Officer at Norfolk Community Foundation on 01603 623958 or email grants@norfolkfoundation.com

Have you got a crime story? Call reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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