Funding from the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings is available to community groups and voluntary organisations in Barnsley.

The funding has been provided to the Barnsley Chronicle from the Commissioner to be administered as a small grant scheme for those who volunteer and help others in the community, to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and protect vulnerable people.

Organisations can apply for funding of up to £1,000 to provide diversionary activities for young people, purchase set-up equipment that will enable groups to provide sessions to vulnerable people advising them on how to stay safer or reduce the opportunity for them to become a victim of crime.

The application process is very simple, but organisations must be able to demonstrate how the funding will be spent, providing a full breakdown of expenditure including any coaching hourly rates, room hire and equipment quotations.

All applications are submitted to a grant panel who sit regularly and include the Barnsley Chronicle Deputy Editor Mike Cotton, Barnsley Football Academy Manager Bobby Hassell, Councillor Linda Burgess, Goff Griffiths from the Royal British Legion, Samantha Mawson from the Office of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and representatives from Dearne FM.

Each application is assessed for its merits in keeping Barnsley safe and the panel members ensure that the outcomes fit within the police and crime plan priorities of protecting vulnerable people and tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.

A number of organisations in Barnsley have been successful in securing funding from the small grant scheme, including 5ives Football who received £1,000 for new paint to spruce up the dated premises in Kendray, allowing more young people to access free football sessions.

Penistone Church U12s Football Team received £179 to purchase goal posts for their junior football, keeping young people busy and away from mischief and IDAS received £989 to help young people identify healthy relationships and improve social isolation.

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Penistone Church JFC Barnsley Chronicle Grant Cheque Handover

Dr Billings said: “I am pleased with how the Barnsley Chronicle Stronger Together Grant scheme is progressing this year.  There have been a number of successful applications that provide sport in the community, help and support for young people and the opportunity for others to help people understand what could cause them harm.

“There is still time for groups to apply for a grant this financial year as the funding does not need to be spent by March.  I would encourage any organisations that need that extra bit of help to set-up, buy equipment or fund after school activities, to apply.

“This grant scheme is aimed at the Barnsley communities and volunteers who are working hard to keep the town a safe and pleasant place to live.”

Groups can apply for small amounts of funding ranging up to £1,000 which is the maximum.  In 2018.19 over £10,000 has been handed out and there is still £5,000 up for grabs.

The panel will meet again on 26 March to discuss the applications, so all forms need to be returned to the Barnsley Chronicle on or before this date.

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