Fund helps keep community safe

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne. Photo by Derek Martin
Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne. Photo by Derek Martin

A new fund has been set up to help communities deal with local crime and safety.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has established the new fund to support local voluntary and community groups as they tackle crime and improve community safety.

The fund, worth £200,000, will go to help local projects that address the priorities outlined in Mrs Bourne’s Police and Crime Plan.

Awards of up to £5,000 will be granted for projects that meet funding criteria following consideration by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and approval by the PCC.

In exceptional circumstances the commissioner will also consider requests for funding above £5,000. Money will be granted quarterly and the first deadline for applications is March 31 next year.

Commenting on the launch of the ‘Safer in Sussex’ Community Fund this week Katie Bourne said: “I am delighted to launch the Safer in Sussex Community Fund, which is a new initiative that will provide financial support to innovative local projects that aim to make our communities safer.

“I want to help people work together to come up with ways of tackling crime and disorder and I am keen to support projects that demonstrate strong partnership working.

“I will be working with local partners and agencies to ensure this support complements existing activity.

“I welcome applications from all local groups and organisations that can demonstrate how they are tackling issues in their area. These include commissioning initiatives that tackle crime, reduce re-offending and address community priorities such as alcohol, drugs, anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse and road safety.

“Bids will be considered by my office on a quarterly basis with the first funding allocated after March 31, 2014. I look forward to receiving the applications.”

For details on how to apply visit