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23rd Jul 19
Community projects in Northamptonshire have received a funding boost thanks to the latest round of grants from the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold’s grant funds.
Grants to the value of £80,000 have been awarded to twelve different groups, all working in different ways to make their community safer. This brings the number of groups supported with grants since 2017 to 25, and means around £180,000 has been made available for community projects.
The Northamptonshire Safer Communities Fund was created by the PFCC to support voluntary and community groups, charities and other voluntary organisations with projects that support the aims of his Police and Crime Plan.
PFCC Stephen Mold said: “Keeping this county safe isn’t the responsibility of Northamptonshire Police alone and I am pleased to support schemes that show individuals and organisations working alongside the police to help prevent and fight crime and protect people.”
This year, the PFCC has also made available the Northamptonshire Road Safety Community Fund and the Tackling Hate Crime Fund.
Projects funded as part of the latest round from the three funds are:
Northamptonshire Safer Communities Fund:
Road Safety Community Fund:
Tackling Hate Crime Fund:
Stephen Mold, Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, said: “One of the most pleasant parts of my job is being able to provide support and funding to some great causes. Since I became Commissioner, I have had the honour of being able to support 25 really fantastic projects across Northamptonshire with almost £200,000 of funding. I was thrilled to meet the groups and tell them they were being funded and I look forward to visiting their projects to see how they will benefit their local communities.”
Alison Holland, Projects and Partnerships Director, Brightkidz, said: “We are thrilled to receive this funding for our new ‘Brightwayz ST:EPS’ project to promote road safety and active travel education within three Kettering secondary schools. We have seen a lot of success with our Brightkidz ST:EPS project (Safe Travel: Enabling Pupils and Schools) with primary schools in the town including Grange Primary Academy becoming the first school in the county to be awarded the DfT-backed Modeshift STARS accreditation for safe, sustainable travel. Now we are able to extend this to secondary schools which will enable pupils to travel in much healthier, safer and more environmentally-friendly ways.”
Anna Letts, Business Development Officer, Northampton Town FC Community Trust, said: “I am delighted to be linking up with the Police & Crime Commissioner on a project that will help a lot of people and let them know that knife crime is a very real problem we have. With the funding from yourselves and the coaching from us I believe this can be a very successful project that may change a lot of lives for the better.”
Applications for the next round of funding opened on July 22 and will close on August 30. More details are available at www.northantspcc.org.uk/community-grants