Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane, has set up a £25k fund to provide existing voluntary groups, informal community groups established in direct response to COVID-19, Parish and Town councils and schools grants of up to £500 to help people stay safe.
The fund is part of a wider package of support for communities and service providers that the Commissioner has developed to help protect the vulnerable, support victims and reduce offending during the pandemic and beyond.
Michael Lane said: “A significant amount of work is already taking place in our communities to ensure those that are vulnerable or need help are supported. It is heartening to see so many people volunteering to help their neighbours, communities, health workers and others through this difficult time.
“Having the right resources at the right time to enable those people supporting our communities to do so is essential.
“The COVID-19 Keeping Communities Safer Fund aims to do exactly that – provide funding quickly to help to support communities as they work together.”
Update: The first round of the fund has now closed with over 40 grants awarded to support local community projects.