Crime-busting money up for grabs from commissioner

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CRIME-fighting projects could be in line for a cash boost as a funding project run by Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner invites applications.

The Protecting People and Places fund has already given £5,000 to Aurora New Dawn in Havant to provide 24-hour coverage for its domestic abuse helpline and £4,000 to Gosport Street Pastors to increase its provision.

Police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes is inviting applications for the round of funding.

There is £35,932 left and individuals, groups or organisations can apply for grants of up to £5,000.

Mr Hayes said: ‘The fund has enabled me to support a variety of worthy initiatives and projects across Hampshire and Isle of Wight. Many of these get right into the heart of our communities to help make them safer for everyone.

‘Although this is the last tranche of funding, I plan to launch a new Innovation Fund. This will provide further opportunities to fund crime-busting initiatives that deliver against my Police and Crime Plan. Details will be on my website.’

The closing date is Monday, January 13. To apply go to hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/Partnership/Protecting-People-and-Places-Fund.aspx