Funding awarded to support charities and community groups
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Sara Thornton, have awarded over £187,000 to charities and community groups.
Funding from the Police Property Act Fund has now been awarded to 62 organisations whose work contributes towards reducing crime and/or supports the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan objectives.
The Fund, which is jointly managed by the PCC and the Chief Constable, is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, which includes seizures from criminals.
Some of the successful applicants include support services for victims of crime, youth groups, rehabilitation services and organisations which assist vulnerable people.
The largest award of £22,665 went to Search Dogs Buckinghamshire who applied on behalf of all five Lowland Rescue search teams within the Thames Valley. The funding will be used to create a Thames Valley wide communication system to effectively coordinate and organise their searches for high risk missing and vulnerable people.
Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley said: “I am delighted that we have been able to make such good use of this funding by supporting a large number of charities and voluntary organisations.
“There are many organisations in the Thames Valley whose work helps to make a positive impact on the quality of life in the area and this fund is a way of recognising their valuable contribution.
“Through wide publicity of this fund we gained a large number of requests. We have not been able to give money to everyone who asked, but after a detailed evaluation of the many bids I believe we are making the best possible use of this money in reducing crime and supporting vulnerable people within the Thames Valley.”
Sara Thornton, Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police said: “It is good to see so many different organisations allocated money from the Police Property Act Fund. I know that they rely on funding such as this to be able to support communities across the Thames Valley. Relatively small amounts of money can make a huge difference to people’s lives and I look forward to seeing the contribution that the 62 organisations make across the Thames Valley”.
· A complete list of successful applicants can be found here
· Applicants had to demonstrate that their project or activity contributes to meeting the PCC’s objectives, as set out in his Police and Crime Plan, or is a police related charity.
· In total 231 separate bids were received requesting funding of around £1.3m
· In total the PCC and the Chief Constable have agreed to provide a grant to 62 separate organisations with funding of £187,055