New grant scheme to help victims of crime

Adam Simmonds
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A new grants scheme has been launched to help combat crime and provide support and assistance to victims.

It was announced today (Tuesday, June 18) by Northamptonshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds.

The new scheme will allocate grants ranging from £500 to £5,000, using money that county police have obtained in the civil court through the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Mr Simmonds said: “Tackling crime and putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice system are two of my key priorities. This scheme will help to unlock much of the good work that is already being undertaken across Northamptonshire, and will ensure this work can be expanded.

“All too often, victims across our county feel isolated and have no one to turn to help. Local groups and organisations are best placed to help these people, and with a little support, they can make a big difference.”

The grants scheme aims to focus on different themes each year. The Commission is seeking applications this year from across the county from communities and residents who are working to combat crime in their neighbourhoods or can offer support and assistance to those whose lives have been blighted by crime.

The grants are available for capital projects and must be spent by the end of March 2014.

The Commission will assess the applications and will announce the successful ones in October.

Application forms can be requested by writing to Stuart McCartney, Office of the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, West Wing, Police HQ, Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN4 0JQ. Tel 01604 888113, Commissioner@northantspcc.pnn.police.uk.

Alternatively, forms can be downloaded from the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s website: www.northantspcc.org.uk