Community groups that provide safe and engaging activities for young people are invited to apply for grants for ongoing projects during the autumn semester, thanks to the Merseyside Police Commissioner.
Emily Spurrell has announced she is releasing grants from her Youth Diversion Fund, which diverts money from the sale of unclaimed stolen property or property recovered by police that cannot be returned to their owners to valid causes.
The Commissioner encourages community organisations, charities and groups to apply for vital financial support of up to £3,000 for local initiatives which work to steer young people away from anti-social behavior and crime at a time when it is traditionally on the rise .
A total of £50,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organizations committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.
The commissioner said, “I am delighted to be able to open my Youth Diversion Fund for the third time inviting bids of up to £3,000 from organizations working to make their communities safer and better places to live in health. engaging with young people, especially in the fall semester.
“Many Merseyside communities traditionally see an increase in criminal and anti-social behavior around Bonfire and Mischief Night. Historically, it is also a particularly busy time for the police and firefighters. Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and provide safe and engaging activities for young people to ensure they do not become involved in antisocial or criminal behavior.
“I want to see these grants used to support projects that complement the excellent diversionary work being done by Merseyside Police and the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, ensuring that young people can enjoy the autumn festivities in a way safe and pleasant, properly supervised.
Emilie added, “People in the region know their communities best. They know what works when interacting with their youngsters and I look forward to reviewing their ideas and initiatives to ensure everyone can have a safe and fun Halloween.
The Youth Diversion Fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside (CFM) on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from individuals and organizations as donors who wish to support worthy causes on Merseyside.
All applications should be submitted online through the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 4 p.m. on September 23, 2022.
Please visit their website https://cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/youth-diversion-fund to apply.
Main image: PCC Emily Spurrell at the Hive Youth Zone in Birkenhead, which received youth diversion funding (Fall 2021)
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