Commissioner allocates grants to keep communities safer

20 February 2018

Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane has awarded 64 grants totalling £1,365,774 to support community organisations that are working to help keep Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, and Southampton safer.

The purpose of the Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund is to support victims and help prevent offending. It contributes to releasing police officers back to the frontline and supporting policing to be more effective in certain parts of our communities.

In this funding round the Commissioner received 160 applications totalling £4,401,867, exceeding by far the amount of funding available.

Michael Lane said:

“My team and I have had an extraordinary number of applications, many to the highest standard, revealing the level of unmet demand to support vulnerable people in our communities.

“They also reflect the range, depth, dedication and creativity of our service providers. The need expressed within these applications, unfortunately, greatly outweighs the funding that I have at my disposal to meet that need.

“I have been listening carefully to some public and institutional questions about the priorities I have placed on the balance between funding policing efforts directly, alongside my activities beyond policing.  It is clear to me that there is strong support for the value in the work we will do together, and similarly across the whole Safer Communities Fund for what I will do with other colleagues and partners.As a result, I have decided to protect the funding of this grants round and ensure that it is not reduced.

“Supporting victims, protecting the vulnerable, reducing offending are an absolute priority and sit appropriately alongside enabling effective operational policing.

“I will continue to do everything possible to support the projects that protect those who are most vulnerable within our community.”

An additional grants round will take place shortly for funding to begin in October 2018.