Groups can have a share of £42,000

North Wales Weekly News - - NEWS -

TIME is run­ning out for com­mu­nity groups in North Wales to bid for a share of a £42,000 pot of money seized from crim­i­nals.

Win­ston Rod­dick QC, North Wales Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner, is urg­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions which help tackle an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and com­bat crime and dis­or­der to get their ap­pli­ca­tion in be­fore the dead­line on Oc­to­ber 2.

The scheme has been set up by Mr Rod­dick, North Wales Po­lice and the North Wales Po­lice and Com­mu­nity Trust (PACT). Two groups from each county stand to re­ceive £3,000 apiece while £6,000 is avail­able for a group that op­er­ates across North Wales.

Mr Rod­dick said: “Last year we had bids from across North Wales from all sorts of in­ter­est­ing groups do­ing great things in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and I’m hop­ing for an even greater re­sponse this year. I would urge or­gan­i­sa­tions to get their bids in now to make sure that they do not to miss out on this op­por­tu­nity to hit crim­i­nals where it hurts most, their pock­ets.”

The Your Com­mu­nity, Your Choice ini­tia­tive is be­ing partly funded by the money re­cov­ered through the Pro­ceeds of Crime Act (PACT), us­ing cash con­fis­cated from of­fend­ers with the rest com­ing from Mr Rod­dick.

Com­mu­nity groups can find ap­pli­ca­tion packs 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.

Vot­ing will then take place be­tween Oc­to­ber 26 and Novem­ber 27.

As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Richard De­bicki was equally en­thu­si­as­tic.

He said: “It’s ab­so­lutely right that the money taken out of the hands of crim­i­nals is put back into the com­mu­nity.”

PACT man­ager Dave Evans ex­plained “The fund will be open for ap­pli­ca­tion by email us­ing a stan­dard ap­pli­ca­tion form that will be avail­able on both the PCC’s web­site and North Wales Po­lice’s web­site.

“Ap­pli­cants have to be a prop­erly con­sti­tuted com­mu­nity group or a reg­is­tered char­ity and the main cri­te­rion is that the pro­ject in ques­tion helps to re­duce crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.”

E-mail com­pleted ap­pli­ca­tions par­tic­i­pa­to­ry­bud­get­fund@nth­wales.pnn. po­lice.uk by Oc­to­ber 2.

For more in­for­ma­tion ring 01745 588516 or visit www.northwales-pcc.gov. uk or www.north-wales.po­lice.uk

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