Operation Payback Fund
The £350,000 for this fund is created from money gained through crime. The funding, which uses money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, which includes seizures from criminals.
The fund is aimed at grass roots projects in local communities who provide locally-designed support for vulnerable people, diversionary activities or who seek to turn things around and improve their local neighbourhood. The PCC is encouraging new ideas and collaboration with others in the VCS or statutory services to create resilient and flourishing communities where opportunities for anti-social or criminal behaviour are reduced and will not be tolerated.
Organisations can apply for resource, capital or match funding of between £5,000 and £25,000 for projects that can clearly demonstrate how they will:
Directly combat the impact of crime in local communities – organisations will ensure that the impact of crime in the communities they serve is reduced or minimised through innovative and locally designed interventions or projects which help to increase resilience within the communities creating an environment where communities flourish, feelings and perceptions of safety are increased and crime is not tolerated.
Reduce crime – organisations will ensure that, through their project or intervention, crime within local communities is reduced through locally-designed work that will:
- Identify early, anyone at risk of being drawn into crime and provide preventative interventions to guide them away from crime and prevent others form going down a path that may lead to crime; and/or
- Intervene at the earliest possible opportunity with people who are already involved or suspected to be involved in criminal activity to try turn them around through interventions or diversionary work; and/or
- Work with people who are already involved in criminal activity and use a range of rehabilitative work to ensure they do not continue with a life of crime.
Reduce anti-social behaviour and provide diversionary activities - organisations will ensure that through their project/intervention ASB within local communities is reduced through locally-designed work that will:
- Identify early, anyone at risk of being drawn into engaging in ASB and provide preventative and diversionary interventions to guide them away from that behaviour and prevent them and other from going down a path that may lead to escalating ABS and crime; and/or
- Intervene at the earliest possible opportunity with people who are already involved or suspected to be involved in ASB in the communities to try prevent any further escalation of behaviour and through interventions or diversionary work;
- Work with people who are already engaging in serious ASB and use a range of rehabilitative work to ensure they do not continue with this behaviour or that their behaviour does not escalate further.
Full details are available on the PCC's website.