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Police & Crime Commissioner invites ‘imaginative’ bids to keep young people safe over autumn half term

by Alison Cornmell

Merseyside’s Police & Crime Commissioner is inviting community groups to submit ‘imaginative’ bids for projects which will divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour during the autumn half-term.

Jane Kennedy has announced that she is releasing a new round of funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA), which allows money raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police to be used for good causes.

It is the eleventh time the Commissioner has invited community organisations, charities and groups to apply for grants of up to £5,000 for grassroots initiatives which are working to help young people to make the right choices.

This year the Commissioner is encouraging community groups to be even more creative in their bids into the £45,000 fund given the challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak and the current restrictions on large gatherings.

Jane Kennedy, Merseyside’s Police & Crime Commissioner said: “I am delighted to once again open up the Police Property Act Fund for bids of up to £5,000 to organisations which are engaging with local young people during the busy autumn half term, with the aim of making their communities safer.

“Local people know their communities best. They know what works when engaging with young people. Running diversionary projects and activities is going be harder than normal this year given the current challenges imposed by the Covid-19 crisis, but I know how creative community groups across Merseyside can be and they will not be deterred.”

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity not only for Knowsley community organisations but also the borough’s young people. I would urge our local groups and charities to apply for funding to organise Halloween and Bonfire Night activities so our borough’s young people can enjoy the autumn half-term safely.”

The PPA fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM) on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from individuals and organisations as donors who wish to support deserving causes in Merseyside.

All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 5pm on Monday 28th September 2020. Please visit their website http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/police-property-act-fund to apply.