Police Commissioner launches £50,000 Youth Diversion Fund

Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell has announced that she is releasing the first round of funding from her Youth Diversion Fund. She is encouraging community organisations, charities, and groups to apply for a vital cash boost for grassroots initiatives that are working to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour and crime during a time when it traditionally spikes.

The fund uses money raised through the Police Property Act which sees money from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police which cannot be returned to be diverted into worthwhile causes. Community groups that will offer safe and engaging activities for children and young people are being invited to bid for grants for diversionary projects taking place around the October school half-term, Halloween and Bonfire Night period 2021. Grants of up to £3,000 are available.

The Commissioner said: “Many communities across Merseyside traditionally see a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour around Bonfire and Mischief Night. Historically, it is also a particularly busy time for the police and the fire service. Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and provide safe and engaging activities for young people to make sure they don’t become involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour.”

A total of £50,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations that are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.

All applications must be submitted online by 4 pm on Friday 10 September 2021.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Community Foundation website.

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