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£1m Violence Reduction Fund now open to bids

£1m Violence Reduction Fund now open to bids
A new £1million fund, set aside for projects which deal with violent crime in Kent, is now open for bids.
Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott announced the creation of a Violence Reduction Fund at the end of March. Charities and other groups are now invited to apply for up to £105,000 each, with the money they receive to be spent across three years.
Mr Scott said:

‘My Violence Reduction Challenge brought people together from across Kent and Medway to see what more could be done to reduce the levels of violent crime in our communities. I’m looking to do my bit by investing heavily in activities such as awareness campaigns, prevention initiatives, rehabilitation projects, and diversionary activities.
‘The Violence Reduction Challenge has been all about how agencies can work better together and so collaborative bids into the new fund are actively encouraged. All bids must relate to one or more of the themes of prevention, engagement, diversion and rehabilitation.’

The £1million fund has been created using money the PCC receives each year from central Government. All bids must adhere to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) grant funding conditions to ensure successful projects offer value for taxpayers’ money.
Further information about the grant funding criteria and how to apply are available from the OPCC’s website. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday May 17.
Mr Scott added:

‘A panel of staff from my office will support me in reviewing each of the bids against the criteria before notifying applicants of the outcome in June. I expect services to be ready to go live as soon as possible after the funding award is received and certainly no later than one month after that.
‘Kent is not experiencing the same issues around serious violence as big cities like London, Manchester and Birmingham. We do live in a safe county. But we are not complacent and we know that violent crime is increasing. I want to use my commissioning budget to play my part in helping protect some of our most vulnerable people from the most violent.’

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