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Commissioner's Community Fund opens for bids for the third time since launch
Community groups are invited to bid for grants from a £125,000 community safety fund after it was opened again for a new round of applications on Tuesday 1st April.  This is the third round since it was launched in 2013 by Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd.

The Commissioner’s Community Fund is now open for bids from individuals, communities and businesses in Hertfordshire whose projects, services or activities contribute toward the priority areas set out in the Police and Crime Plan for Hertfordshire, Everybody’s Business.

The Commissioner is seeking bids for funding from projects and schemes which focus on the needs of the public, particularly in the areas of support to victims of crime, offenders making amends and paying back for the cost of their crimes and for projects which can apply business sense to community safety.  Bids should relate to projects and initiatives within this financial year (April 2014 to March 2015).

Commissioner Lloyd said: “I was delighted with the response that the Fund generated during the first and second rounds of bidding. The interest showed that people across the county really want to get involved to help make our communities safer. 

“Once again, we would like to hear about projects and schemes that support Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Plan. This could range from those who are seeking small-scale purchases or offering services that will improve communities, to big ideas needing match-funding.”

Among the 33 schemes that have been successful in obtaining funding so far are two street pastors’ schemes in Dacorum and East Herts, a pilot drug and alcohol outreach intervention project in Hatfield (pictured), a countywide service supporting the victims of sexual and domestic abuse, an outreach service at the Citizens’ Advice Bureau to prevent offenders in Stevenage and North Herts returning to crime due to debt, and a scheme in St Albans which provides talking therapies for young people who present with anti-social, violent or criminal behaviours. 

A form is available online now for bids which need to be submitted by 18th May for consideration.   Direct link to webpage and application form: http://hertscommissioner.org/my_plan/community_fund.aspx

You can read the full Police and Crime Plan, Everybody’s Business, here  to see if your idea, group or business might qualify for funding. More information on the Fund is available on the Commissioner’s website at www.hertscommissioner.org

If you are unable to submit your bid via the internet, please contact Commissioner Lloyd’s office on 01707 806100 or by post to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 4GZ.