Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Matthew Barber, and Chief Constable, John Campbell, have today (28/2) awarded voluntary and community organisations £105,520 in the first round of this year’s Community Fund.
The Community Fund provides biannual funding to voluntary and community groups that help to achieve the objectives of the PCC’s Police and Criminal Justice Plan. The money for the scheme comes from the sale of stolen property that cannot be returned to its rightful owners.
Over 190 organisations applied to the latest round of the Community Fund, with 39 organisations successful in receiving funding to support the PCC’s Police and Criminal Justice Plan priorities to reduce crime.
Announcing the funding, Matthew said: “I’m delighted to award this funding to 39 community and voluntary organisations, who are providing valuable services across the Thames Valley.
“Many of the communities benefitting from these funds will see improved CCTV, better provision for young people and support for groups making our streets safer after dark. A key element in my Police & Criminal Justice Plan is to enable organisations to collaborate and tackle local issues. These organisations are all working hard in support of my Police & Criminal Justice Plan priorities for the region.
“It’s great to be able to provide this funding through the Community Fund, which is money that has been recovered from criminals, to support a range of projects across the Thames Valley.
“I continue to visit a number of previously funded organisations, to find out how this funding has benefitted them. This engagement work allows me to meet many organisations who are doing some fantastic work in reducing crime and supporting their local community.
“I look forward to meeting this round’s successful recipients at our presentation event in March.”
John Campbell, Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police, said: “Both the Police and Crime Commissioner and I are pleased to award over £105,000 of funding to 39 voluntary and community groups in the first round of this year’s Community Fund.
“The Community Fund provides an important source of bi-annual funding to organisations which are supporting the PCC’s priorities to tackle crime and keep our communities safe.
“I look forward to meeting the successful applicants at the presentation event in Reading.”
Successful recipients have been invited to attend a presentation ceremony on the morning of Thursday 30th March in Reading, Berkshire.
For a full list of organisations who have been awarded funding, please view the Community Fund Decision Paper.