Funding boost to help keep Sussex safer
The grant award scheme, established by Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), is made up of two funding streams:
- Victims’ Services Fund – providing financial support (grant awards up to £10,000) to voluntary and third-sector organisations in Sussex that help individuals to cope and recover from the impact of crime.
- Community Safety Fund – providing financial support (grant awards up to £5,000) to local organisations and projects that aim to reduce crime and improve community safety.
Applications to the Funds must demonstrate support for the priorities set out in the Commissioner’s Police & Crime Plan. These include helping victims who have suffered from crimes such as child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse and stalking as well as addressing community safety priorities such as homelessness and anti-social behaviour.
Sarah Mann, Manager of Friends, Families and Travellers, which received a grant of £9,826 from the Victims’ Services Fund said: “This innovative project could not have happened without the funding and support from the Police & Crime Commissioner. The project will support Gypsy and Traveller women across the County to help each other understand domestic violence and make their lives safer.”
Commenting on its £4,102.20 grant, Adam Muirhead, Youth Team Co-ordinator at the Trust for Developing Communities said: “We are very excited to be establishing this professional link with Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund. The grant will enable us to provide targeted, street-based youth work sessions focussing on the education of young people about the effects of anti-social behaviour and crime in Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, East Brighton. It is our hope that through this work and liaison with the community and the police we can reduce crime and the perception of crime for all local residents.”
Mrs Bourne said: “Since December 2013 over 100 local projects have received Safer in Sussex funding totalling over £600,000.
“The sheer number of applications received reflects the large number of organisations and community groups who are committed to providing an enhanced service to victims of crime and, to keeping Sussex safe.
“I look forward to visiting these organisations and following the progress of their projects over the coming months.”
Other organisations that have received grants from the Victims’ Services Fund include:
- YMCA Downslink Group – £10,000 to develop a sexual abuse and exploitation educative programme for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities.
- Veritas-Justice – £10,000 to develop and pilot an innovative advocacy and support service for all victims of stalking.
- Brighton Oasis Project – £8,282 to extend their counselling service for women who work in the sex trade and have been victims of crime.
Other organisations that have received grants from the Community Safety Fund include:
- Enterprise Exchange – £5,000 towards a project that will train ex offenders to become mentors for new clients on their self employment programmes.
- City Angels – £5,000 to fund a project for ten more volunteers on the streets of Chichester City centre during the night time.
- The Snowflake Trust – £5,000 for their night shelter project for homeless people who would otherwise be sleeping rough in Hastings and St Leonards during the winter months.
Applications for Safer in Sussex funding are accepted three times a year. The next application window opens on Tuesday 1 September 2015 and closes on Friday 2 October 2015.
For further information visit: http://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/apply-for-funding/
Within the Policing Grant, received from Government, the PCC provides funding for Community Safety. This is allocated to Community Safety Partnerships across Sussex to help tackle crime and address specific community issues.
The PCC also oversees a £1.7m grant from the Ministry of Justice for commissioning services that support victims of crime in Sussex. These include a countywide contract with Victim Support, co-commissioning with local authorities to deliver specialist services for victims of domestic and sexual violence and the Victims’ Services Fund, which supports local Voluntary Community Social Enterprise organisations and injects seed funding into new or innovative schemes.
For more information about the PCC’s commissioning responsibilities visit: http://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/commissioning/