Focused on creating safer and stronger communities, £100,000 has been made available through a new Inclusive Communities Fund.
The initiative, match funded by Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion and Worcestershire Community Foundation, has been created to support grassroot organisations and small groups deliver innovative projects to unite communities and prevent crime across Worcestershire.
Organisations and groups, based in the heart of their communities, are being urged to apply for funding to run local events to break down social and cultural barriers by giving a voice to minority groups.
Applications to the fund close on Friday 2 June with grants available of up to £10,000. For more details and to apply, please visit – https://www.worcscf.org.uk/our-grants/current-grants/
Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “A sense of community has the power to define us and shape our identity. Sadly, I know minority groups often feel marginalised and unable to voice their concerns, especially in relation to policing.
“I am committed to delivering change and bringing communities together, as set out in my Safer West Mercia Plan, so I am proud to play my role in launching the new Inclusive Communities Fund.
“I look forward to seeing the exciting and innovative proposals local organisations and groups come up with, as I work closely with Worcestershire Community Foundation to build safer and stronger communities in the county.”
Lucy Wells, Director of Worcestershire Community Foundation, said: “We are very excited in our 20th anniversary year to be providing this new opportunity, which has been made possible by funding from the WMPCC, match funded by Worcestershire Community Foundation. The Inclusive Communities Fund aims to develop community cohesion and address early-stage crime prevention. Whilst the fund is open to all, we would particularly like to encourage applications from minority groups to help them create innovative solutions to local issues within their communities.”