The Commissioners Vulnerability Fund
The Commissioner's Vulnerability Fund which has been setup to improve the lives and safety of vulnerable people and their families across Derbyshire has reopened for new applications after it was inundated with pleas for help.
Through the first round, almost £342k has been awarded to charities and community groups to protect vulnerable individuals and their dependents from crime, victimisation and exploitation.
The Commissioner was flooded with requests for grants in the first phase of the scheme which closed in October 2020 – exposing the hardship and financial difficulties many projects are facing during the pandemic – and has set aside cash usually earmarked for his Community Action Grant to extend support for those who need it most. In the second phase of this funding initiative approximately £275k is available for projects which support the PCC's ambition to create safer, more engaged communities.
The funding will be invested in projects which tackle the wider social issues that contribute to crime and provide practical help rather than operational policing initiatives that directly cut crime
Grants are available from £50 up to £25k to support and improve lives and make Derbyshire a safer place to live. This fund helps both individuals and groups, protecting people, helping victims and keeping crime at bay. From tackling ASB, making property more secure, protecting those who are vulnerable for any reason to supporting sustainable community projects, this fund can help.
To make sure the money is used where it will make a real difference, you need to tell us where the problems are. The Commissioner will prioritise schemes and ideas that make people less vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime. There are micro-grants (of between £50 and £1k) administered by local Councils for Voluntary Services (CVS) organisations which will help, for example, to make homes more secure and ensure vulnerable people are given the help that they need. Larger grants (of between £1k and £25k) are available to make a real and lasting impact in local communities.
The deadline for large grant applications is Friday 26 February 2021.
Posted: Tue, 02 Feb 2021 11:17 by Clerk