Criminals’ cash given to Northamptonshire groups

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Twenty-two organisations are to receive funding from money claimed back from criminals.

The scheme allocates grants ranging from £500 to £5000 and is being paid for by money that Northamptonshire Police has obtained in the civil court through the Proceeds of Crime Act.

This grants scheme represents a manifesto commitment from Adam Simmonds to devolve money to local communities.

This year he sought applications from individuals and organisations working to combat crime in their neighbourhoods, or those which can support and assist those whose lives have been blighted by crime.

In announcing the successful schemes, Mr Simmonds said: “I am delighted to have been able to support a wide range of schemes and organisations across the county who are helping to tackle the blight of crime in their communities or who can give victims the help and support they need.

“Northamptonshire has a strong and vibrant voluntary sector, which was reflected by the fact that the grants scheme was almost four times oversubscribed.

“The standard of applications made choosing the final 22 difficult, however I am sure that the schemes we have chosen will deliver visible and long-lasting improvements to peoples lives across our county.”

The successful applicants were:

• Kettering Phoenix Basketball Club - £500 to support a basketball club based in Corby

• Daventry Town Council – £500 to purchase IT equipment to help combat retail crime

• Roade Parish Council -£500 to provide a litter bin and seat in the village bus shelter to improve the local environment and combat anti-social behaviour.

• Northampton Hope Centre - £1000 to support the purchase of new IT equipment.

• Northamptonshire Horsewatch - £500 to purchase equipment to help prevent equine crime.

• Aquarius Action Projects - £1000 to support the purchase of new IT equipment.

• Northampton Retail Crime Initiative - £1000 to support the work being undertaken to combat retail crime.

• Hope UK - £500 contribution towards cost of providing an accredited drugs-prevention course for youth workers

• Northamptonshire Music & Performing Arts Trust - £1000 to help support the Trust’s musical inclusion programme.

• B.L.A.S.T. - £1000 contribution to help support the youth engagement project (Burton Latimer)

• Park Infant School - £1000 to provide security equipment to prevent thefts and vandalism (Kettering)

• Hardingstone NHW - £500 to provide ‘no cold calling signs’ for the village.

• KGH foundation - £1000 contribution towards the refurbishment of the Recreation Hall which will help to benefit victims of crime and their families.

• Rothwell Town Council - £500 to provide new shutters for the local toilets to combat littering and anti-social behaviour.

• Duke of Edinburgh Award for young offenders in Northamptonshire - £1000 to support the scheme.

• Relate Northamptonshire Choosing to Change - £1000 contribution towards new equipment to help support victims.

• Genesis Coffee Lounge - £1000 towards the cost of providing the scheme (Kettering)

• Solve It - £5000 contribution to support a new scheme to combat substance abuse amongst young people.

• Road Peace - £500 to support an annual World day of Remembrance for traffic victims.

• Wellingborough & East Northamptonshire Women’s Aid - £5000 to help deliver animal-assisted therapy for victims in Northamptonshire.

• Wellingborough Indians Cricket Club - £500 to provide security equipment to help prevent thefts and vandalism.

• Community Spaces Northampton - £500 towards welded mesh window panels to help prevent thefts and vandalism.