Funding available to community groups in Stone

The latest round of People Power funding in now open and Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis is inviting groups in Stone and Stafford to bid for money to make their communities safer.

As part of his commitment to local communities, the PCC is providing £300,000 in 2017/18 through the fund in the form of grants of between £100 and £3,000. The window for the latest round of applications for People Power Funding closes on 14 September.

Great ideas for community safety solutions come from local people. The People Power Fund is supporting locally-driven community safety activities throughout Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and empowers local people to find solutions to community safety problems.

Since 2014 over 330 local projects across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have received People Power Funding. These range from groups providing positive activities for young people, additional security measures and mentoring programmes.

Mr Ellis said: “The People Power Fund is all about local ideas to sort out local issues like anti-social behaviour. If you’ve got a good idea, the People Power Fund may be able to help you achieve it.

“If you’re a community group with good ideas to cut crime or make your area safer go to the website now to find out more – it’s easy and simple to apply”

The People Power Fund is one part of the PCC’s Community Funding for 2017/18.

The Commissioner’s Proceeds of Crime Fund is seeing 100 per cent of funding received by Staffordshire Police going back into local communities, through grants of between £3,000 and £15,000. It is made up of money seized from criminals.

More details, including guidance and application forms are available at www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/fund

The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership is also providing £200,000 over the next 2 years in the form of the Road Safety Grant Fund. This fund aims to improve road safety, increase public confidence in the safety of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s roads and support communities to take local responsibility.

More information on this fund can be found at www.staffssaferroads.co.uk/my-community/road-safety-grant-fund