Funding from the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s community grant scheme is now available to local community groups within South Yorkshire.

Local non-profit organisations are encouraged to apply for the funding of up to £5,000 to help them provide services to local communities to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and protect vulnerable people.

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner said: “The community grant scheme has been running for a number of years and we have seen some very good projects of many kinds.

“I have funded and visited projects that offer such things as: diversionary sporting activities for young people; advice and support in cases of domestic abuse or child sexual exploitation (CSE); and schemes that help people back in to work.

“My grants panel, who meet monthly, are looking for organisations that help to make communities safer places in which to live.

“I look for more groups, whether big or small, who want to make a real difference to people’s lives to make an application.

“Grants have ranged from a few hundred pounds to £5,000.

“This year I have funded climbing equipment for some air cadets; the production of videos by young people on the damaging effects of hate crime to be shown to other pupils in schools; and projects that build community relationships”.

All applications to the scheme must demonstrate that they fall within the Commissioner’s three priorities set out in his police and crime plan and provide evidence on how the funding will reduce crime and anti-social behaviour or protect vulnerable people.