Police Commissioner launches £50,000 Youth Diversion Fund for projects over autumn half term

Community groups which will offer safe and engaging activities for young people are being invited to bid for grants for projects running during the autumn half-term, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.

Emily Spurrell has announced that she is releasing the first round of funding from her Youth Diversion Fund, using money raised through the Police Property Act which sees money from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police which cannot be returned to be diverted into worthwhile causes.

The Commissioner is encouraging community organisations, charities and groups to apply for a vital cash boost of up to £3,000 grants for grassroots initiatives which are working to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour and crime during a time when this traditionally spikes.

A total of £50,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations, which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.

The Commissioner said: “I’m delighted to be able to open up my Youth Diversion Fund for the first time for bids of up to £3,000 to organisations which are working to make their communities safer and better places to live by engaging with young people, particularly over the autumn half term.

“Many communities across Merseyside traditionally see a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour around bonfire and mischief night. Historically, it is also a particularly busy time for the police and the fire service. Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and provide safe and engaging activities for young people to make sure they don’t become involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour.

“I want to see these grants used to support projects that complement the excellent diversionary work carried out by Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, ensuring that young people can enjoy the autumn festivities in a safe and enjoyable way which is properly supervised.”

Emily added: “Local people know their communities best. They know what works when engaging with their young people and I am looking forward to reviewing their ideas and initiatives for ensuring everyone can have a safe and fun halloween.”

The Youth Diversion Fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM) on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from individuals and organisations as donors who wish to support deserving causes in Merseyside.

All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 4pm on 10 September 2021.

Visit their website https://cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/youth-diversion-fund to apply.

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