VCS funding to fight crime
The Community Action Against Crime: Innovation Fund which is aimed specifically at voluntary and community groups and getting them involved in tackling crime and disorder will make available £5 million this financial year and £5 million next financial year.
The Government say that the purpose of the Fund is to "stimulate creative new approaches to tackling crime by empowering local groups to develop innovative projects to tackle local community safety problems".
The Government is keen for the fund to be made available to 'grass roots' community activists who are not traditional recipients of government grants. The Government also want to encourage the voluntary sector to work more closely with local Community Safety Partnerships, and other statutory agencies that impact on community safety, to drive "co-design and co-delivery of services".
Choices is a fund for work around substance misuse with young people and is focused on preventing and reducing substance misuse and related offending amongst vulnerable groups of young people who are most likely to be at risk of, or already starting to become involved in substance misuse or related offending.
The Home Office has made £4 million available in 2011-12 and is inviting applications from national voluntary sector organisations. The deadline for applications is Thursday 18 August 2011. Further information on Choices and how to apply is available online: www.homeoffice.gov.uk/crime/reducing-reoffending/iom/choices.