First round of Community Fund bids draws countywide interest
Over the next few weeks more than 60 applications from local community safety and crime reduction projects will be assessed for funding. The successful schemes will be awarded a grant from Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd’s new £250,000 Commissioner’s Community Fund.
The launch of the Fund attracted 63 bids from across every district and borough in Hertfordshire.  All are seeking funding for local projects to cut crime, reduce anti-social behaviour, improve road safety, help victims or reduce reoffending.
Commissioner Lloyd said: “This Fund is an important step in the delivery of my Police and Crime Plan, Everybody’s Business, providing a financial boost to innovative local schemes which aim to make our communities safer.”
Ideas seeking funding range from support for victims of domestic abuse to schemes keeping young people away from becoming involved in criminal or anti-social behaviour.
Applications are now closed for this round of funding but will be open again later in the year.
The Fund aims to give financial support for individuals, communities and businesses in Hertfordshire whose projects, services or activities contribute towards the priority areas set out in Everybody’s Business. These priorities include focusing on the needs of the public, particularly victims of crime; ensuring that offenders make amends and pay back for the cost of their crime and developing plans to apply greater business sense to policing and community safety.