Commissioner's Community Fund opens for fourth round of bids
Groups that need funding to help get their innovative community safety schemes off the ground are being invited to apply for funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire.
The Commissioner’s Community Fund opened again yesterday (Monday September 1) for the fourth round of bids since it was first launched last year.
This time a £125,000 pot is available for bids from individuals, community groups or businesses to make applications for financial backing for their schemes that support the priorities set out in David Lloyd’s 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 crime prevention, 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 (to March 2015).
The Commissioner has also made funding available from the Ministry Of Justice Victims Fund to support the delivery of local services to help victims of crime cope and recover from their ordeal.
Some £90,000 has been allocated to victims’ services in Hertfordshire by the Commissioner to date and it is intended that funding for local initiatives will continue into 2015.
Groups and organisations that offer support to victims of crime in Hertfordshire are invited to apply for funding through a bidding process that runs in parallel with the Commissioner’s Community Fund.
Commissioner Lloyd said: "Since the Commissioner’s Community Fund was launched last year, dozens of schemes have received funding that either contribute to community safety or support people who have been victims of crime.
"As a result, groups that have received funding already have been able to get schemes off the ground or expand their services – effectively taking their good ideas to the next level.
"Once again, I 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."
A form is available online now for bids which need to be submitted by September 30 for consideration. Further information about the CCF, victims’ services funding and how to apply visit the Commissioner’s website here. 
To read Police and Crime Plan, Everybody’s Business, please visit the website.
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.