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Commissioner’s Grants give community safety projects a £500k boost

June 6, 2022
A large group of grants recpipients stand with the Commissioner and a giant cheque

Representatives of the organisations receiving grants join the Commissioner at the event.

Projects from across Warwickshire which boost community safety have received a share of more than £500,000 in grant funding from the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip Seccombe.

In total the Commissioner’s Grants Scheme for 2022/23 is providing £539,175 of financial support to over 60 projects which support his agenda to reduce crime, support victims and make communities safer.

They range from road safety initiatives to projects to support victims of domestic abuse, youth inclusion projects designed to deter young people away from gang-related violence and County Lines. Awards range in size from £1,200 to £25,000, with a number of organisations benefitting from multiple grants. The funding also includes awards to the Community Safety Partnerships which work in each district and borough across the county.

When the funding for other support services commissioned by Mr Seccombe is also taken into account, it means that more than £2 million is being spent across the year on targeted programmes in Warwickshire to help victims of crime, promote community safety and to support the rehabilitation of people with substance misuse problems, a key driver of crime.

Philip Seccombe addresses the room in front of a welcome sign to attendees

Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe welcomes delegates at the event.

Recipients of the Commissioner’s Grants awards for the 2022/23 financial year gathered recently at Northgate House in Warwick for a special engagement and networking event, hosted by Mr Seccombe. They heard presentations from some of of the projects supported during 2021/22, outlining how the funding had helped make a difference within local communities, as well as receiving thanks from Mr Seccombe for the work they do to help victims and improve community safety.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe said: “Each year my Commissioner’s Grants Scheme helps to support a wide range of projects which work across the county to reduce crime, support victims and make communities safer. This year is no different and it was particularly gratifying to be able to host many of those receiving funding, enabling me to hear first-hand about their work and to thank them on behalf of Warwickshire residents.

“These organisations play a vital role in supporting the work of Warwickshire Police to reduce crime and ensure that victims have the very best support to cope and recover from the effects of crime when it does occur.  In many cases the projects also enable communities to play their own part in building a safer county for us all.

“I’m delighted to be able to give more than 60 grants this year and I look forward to visiting each initiative across the course of the year to see for myself the progress they are making in local communities.”

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Emma Daniell talks to grants recipients during the event

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Emma Daniell talks to grants recipients during the event

In making the grant awards, each application was carefully assessed to ensure its suitability and value for money, with each having to demonstrate it supported the ambitions of the Police and Crime Plan.

Full details of each of the grant awards for 2022/23 can be viewed at: www.warwickshire-pcc.gov.uk/your-pcc/commissioners-grants/2022-23-commissioners-grants-scheme-awards/

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