Funding available for local groups

Applications are sought from clubs, organisations or groups who help prevent crime and anti-social behaviour or divert people away from crime.

The grants will be provided from the Police Property Act Fund, which the Commissioner is responsible for distributing. Property which comes into the possession of the police in connection with a crime and where the owner cannot be found can be sold, with the money being kept in what is known as the Police Property Act Fund. The same is true for property which has been forfeited by convicted people by order of a court, as it was used or intended for use in a crime.

Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ian Johnston QPM, said: "There are a number of organisations relying on funds from external bodies that have been effective in helping reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

"As Gwent's first Police and Crime Commissioner I am delighted to be able to offer a limited amount of funding support to the local community."

Throughout February 2013, application forms and guidance can be obtained from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner website.‹

Alternatively, you may contact the Commissioner's office directly by phone on 01633 642200, or by e-mail to Commissioner@gwent.pnn.police.uk.

The closing date for applications is 28th February.

Notification of successful bids will be sent out during March. The Commissioner continued: "During this time of financial challenges, funding opportunities are being consistently reduced.

"I recognise that, to be successful, a number of worthwhile initiatives will need more than the £500 maximum award previously available. By increasing this amount available to £5000, I hope to provide some sustainability for these valuable projects".