The 2016/17 Community Grant Scheme funded by Dr Alan Billings is now open for applications.

Groups and local non-profit organisations are invited to apply for funding to support the Commissioner in providing help to victims, vulnerable people and groups established to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

The funding stream will now be open to applications throughout the financial year, with a new approval process in place. Organisations will now be able to find out quickly if they are eligible to apply without the need to submit lengthy forms.

Applications are sought from organisations to bid for funding of up to £5,000.

Dr Alan Billings said: “Last year I received 118 applications and due to a significantly reduced budget, I was only able to fund 26 projects.  This year I would like to help more community groups by offering smaller amounts, with a longer period of time to apply.

“I am hoping that groups looking to help their communities, applying for smaller amounts of funding will take advantages of these changes.  Last year I was fortunate to visit many of the successful applicants to see the work they are doing.  This enables me to find out about the work of local groups and the issues they are facing in their area..

“The changes in the grant scheme that have been implemented should make the process easier for people to apply and more effective in addressing the priorities set out in my police and crime plan.

“I look forward to reading some of the applications throughout the year and visiting the groups to see the work they do.”