Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane has awarded 32 grants totalling £334,774 in his latest grants round that supports community organisations that are working to help keep Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, and Southampton safer.
The latest funding round brings the total invested by the Commissioner, through his safer communities’ grant, to protect the vulnerable, support victims and reduce offending to £1,700,739 for this financial year.
The purpose of the Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund is to help prevent offending and support victims, assisting people to realise their life potential without being drawn into the Criminal Justice System.
In this second funding round for 2018/19, the Commissioner received 68 applications totalling £785,000, exceeding by far the amount of funding available.
Michael Lane said: “I am keen to do everything possible to support those projects that maximise protecting those who are most vulnerable within our community, support those who have been affected by crime, and seek to reduce offending. These vital services provide a lifeline for the people they work with and additionally support frontline policing by helping prevent people from taking the wrong path or being increasingly vulnerable. This reduces demand on our hard pressed officers.
“With limited resources and an over subscription of bids for my initial funding round earlier this year, this second grants round has offered those organisations working to help keep our communities safer a further opportunity to seek financial assistance.”