A charity fund set up by Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner has awarded almost £70,000 to small local groups to fund a range of community projects across the county.
The Commissioner's Action Fund awards grants to allow residents and volunteers to help enhance the local area and make it safe by assisting police in hitting their key priorities with 30 successful applications awarded grants of up to £2,500, bringing the total allocated across the financial year to £69,225.
"Since launching CAF in 2013, grants that have been awarded have helped local groups make a real difference in communities across the county," said Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw, with an estimated 4,100 people having benefitted from the grants across 284 weeks-worth of activities provided.
"Helping residents and volunteers deliver projects that keep their area safe and reduce crime is what CAF is all about, helping me my achieve my key priorities in my police and crime plan," Mr Grunshaw added. "Local people across Lancashire have great ideas that can help in their areas, and I'm looking forward to continuing to support projects through the action fund that make a positive impact in our communities."
Lisa Richardson, Director at EMUES UK CIC - one of the 30 successful applications - said: “Being able to utilise the CAF played a key part in allowing us to deliver our project, which has made such a difference for young people in the area.
“The whole community can see the difference that projects such as this have made, and to see so many young people go on to become young leaders and ambassadors within our community has been a real testament to how positive these sessions have been," she added. "I would recommend the CAF to organisations and community groups who works to improve their neighbourhoods, with our project evidence that the funding can really make a difference."
For more details about the CAF, head to http://www.lancashire-pcc.gov.uk/our-money/grant-funding/community-action-fund/ or call 01772 412 796.