Ap­ply now for fund­ing, com­mu­nity groups told

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LAN­CASHIRE’S Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner has re­launched his Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Fund and called on or­gan­i­sa­tions to ap­ply.

Clive Grunshaw said he recog­nised that projects may need to be de­liv­ered dif­fer­ently dur­ing the Covid-19 pan­demic.

The move comes as 26 projects have been suc­cess­ful in gain­ing grants, with more than £60,000 go­ing to­wards com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions help­ing make Lan­cashire a safer and bet­ter place.

By help­ing groups tackle lo­cal con­cerns and de­liver the com­mis­sioner’s key pri­or­i­ties in his Po­lice and Crime Plan, the fund helps en­gageg peo­ple in their com­mu­ni­ties, through di­ver­sion­ary ac­tiv­ity and tar­geted sup­port among oth­ers.

With the fund­ing re­open­ing for ap­pli­ca­tions, Mr Grunshaw said he was keen to hear from groups that may be able to de­liver schemes in in­no­va­tive ways, mind­ful of the im­pact that Covid-19 has had, with so­cial dis­tanc­ing likely to still be in place in some form for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

Ap­pli­ca­tions will need to con­tain ex­pected out­comes of projects and how these will be mea­sured.

Mr Grunshaw said: “The past few months have seen life here in Lan­cashire change, al­most be­yond recog­ni­tion, for many peo­ple.

“We know that the work that my Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Fund sup­ports, help­ing de­liver my Po­lice and Crime Plan pri­or­i­ties, is still some­thing that is needed across the county.

“As my fund re­launches, I would like to call on all those groups that sup­port our neigh­bour­hoods and help build more con­fi­dent, vi­brant com­mu­ni­ties, to ap­ply for sup­port to help de­liver those projects that are of­ten the glue that brings peo­ple to­gether and keep peo­ple safe.

“This can in­clude di­vert­ing peo­ple from get­ting in­volved in An­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour, to tack­ling groom­ing or bo­gus call­ers, men­tal health projects to sup­port vic­tims and vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple or on­line pro­grammes and ac­tiv­i­ties to join com­mu­ni­ties to­gether.

“Since launch­ing the fund seven years ago, I have seen the wide range of fan­tas­tic ideas that have come for­ward and am sure that this bid­ding round will bring new and in­no­va­tive projects and ap­proaches.

“Time and again it’s clear the pos­i­tive im­pact these small grants can have – they pro­vide real value, make a big dif­fer­ence across Lan­cashire and will con­tinue to do so in these dif­fi­cult times.”

Or­gan­i­sa­tions ap­ply­ing for the Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Fund are en­cour­aged to join the com­mis­sioner’s new so­cial ac­tion net­work Our Lan­cashire, which is able to sup­port them to grow and en­gage with new mem­bers.

Launched in Novem­ber 2019, Our Lan­cashire is now sup­port­ing more than 1,000 com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions and is fast be­com­ing the “one stop shop” for groups and events.

Com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions will be able to share in the po­lice and crime com­mis­sioner’s fund­ing

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