Hampshire Constabulary is launching a community grant called the ‘CashBack for Communities Fund’ today Monday, July 16, 2012. for community initiatives that help to reduce crime in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The CashBack for Communities funding, worth £20,000, has been made available from the confiscations taken away from criminals; achieved through the use of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).
The Hampshire Constabulary’s Financial Investigation Unit works to secure the successful confiscation of assets and money gained by criminals as a direct payout from their criminal behaviour. The force is returning this money to the communities of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
From Monday, July 16 the fund will be open to applications for funding, of between £300 and £3,000, for community initiatives that help to reduce crime in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Applications are welcome from public, private and voluntary sector organisations and groups for community initiatives that help to reduce crime, the fear of crime and/or help to tackle anti-social behaviour.
Assistant Chief Constable David Pryde said, “The money we take away from criminals belongs back in the community which is why we have set up our CashBack for Communities Fund. We want to encourage and support the work of local initiatives that help to keep the neighbourhoods of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight safe and pleasant places to live.
“We want to hear from any community group or organisation that runs projects or initiatives which help to reduce crime and requires some funding towards the work they do.”
The closing date to send in applications for this round of funding is March 31, 2013.
To apply for funding from CashBack for Communities go to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation website – www.hantscf.org.uk and in the search for “CashBack for Communities”.
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