The Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall is launching the Commissioner’s Community Grant Scheme

A £30,000 funding pot is being made available to prevent crime, protect people and connect communities in Cornwall.

Thanks to new funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, here at CCF we are delighted to welcome applications to the newly created Commissioner’s Community Grant Scheme. The first round is opening for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on 21 June 2021 with a theme of “Resilience to crime and disorder”.

The fund will support community groups undertaking activities that connect communities and policing, prevent and deter crime, protect people at risk of abuse and those who are vulnerable or help victims or witnesses to get justice. The scheme aims to provide short term funding for projects and initiatives that directly impact communities. In all cases the grants will be for one year only.

The Commissioners’ Community Grant scheme will also launch in Devon next month.

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “I promised to get by the side of our communities to fight crime and this grant scheme will enable residents of Cornwall to strengthen their efforts to keep crime out.

“We are one of the lowest crime rate areas in the country but we must continue to work hard to keep it that way.”

Our Chief Executive, Tamas Haydu, said: ”People are under more pressure than ever before and we want to ensure that Cornwall remains a safe place for all residents. The issues that lead to crime are complex and we are very fortunate that in Cornwall we have a range of great community groups working to prevent crime and support victims of crime. Thanks to this generous funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner we can offer support to those community groups.”

Battling On Community Interest Company, based at Callington, is just one example of a Cornish organisation raising the aspirations and confidence of young people and encouraging them to re-engage with their communities and society in a positive way. Armed forces veterans, specially trained in youth work, act as mentors providing the young people with positive role models. A grant of £5,000 enabled the veterans to deliver a programme called Inspiring Change that included taking on a community challenge.

Tamas continued: “This amazing new fund enables us to welcome applications from community groups like Battling On who help to support victims and reduce crime in Cornwall.”

To start the application ball rolling please spend a few minutes to complete our Expression of Interest here.