Home Office announces £14m VCS funding to help communities ‘reclaim neighbourhoods’ from crime

From Third Sector Online here.

The Home Office has just announced up to £14m in funds to help the voluntary sector work with communities to tackle crime.

Funding is being split into two grants: the Choices Fund and the Community Action Against Crime: Innovation Fund. Applications for the Choices Fund, which is worth £4m over one year, are being invited from alliances consisting of both national voluntary sector organisations and local community groups. The deadline for applications is 18 August.

The Innovation Fund, which is worth £10m over two years, is designed to stimulate creative new approaches to tackling crime by voluntary and community sector organisations. Bids can be made for any amount. The government wants to encourage applications from grassroots community activists who do not usually receive government grants, and projects that encourage closer working between the voluntary sector and Community Safety Partnerships. This fund  will open in August and the Home Office says that information and guidance will appear shortly on the Community Safety Partnerships area of its website.



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