Hampshire crime plan aims to give cash boost to groups

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A SLICE of a £200,000 windfall is being offered to community projects that reduce crime.

Simon Hayes, Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner, is launching a grants scheme aimed at making our streets safer.

Two funds are available: The Innovation Fund and the Small Grants Fund.

The first is aimed to projects that address the priorities for the commissioner, which include improving front-line policing, to place witnesses and victims at the heart of the policing system, and reducing anti-social behaviour.

The small grants fund is aimed at smaller voluntary organisations, with a one-off payment of up to £3,000, to help reduce offending and reoffending and to support victims.

Applications can be made from July 7 until midday on August 15, with successful bidders being notified from September 12. A panel will assess each application to ensure it meets the criteria.

For more information visit hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/Partnership/Commissioning-and-grants.aspx.