Cash seized from crooks will be used to help children and young people escape the clutches of County Lines gangs exploiting them to sell drugs in communities across North Wales.
Tackling serious and organised crime will be a priority for the special £40,000 fund set up by North Wales and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones with the support of North Wales Police and the North Wales Police and Crime Trust (PACT).
Half the money will be contributed by the commissioner with the rest coming from a pot of cash confiscated from criminals via the Proceeds of Crime Act.
The aim of the Your Community Your Choice scheme is to recycle the ill-gotten gains of villains for positive purposes.
As a result, two community groups in each county in North Wales will receive up to £2,500 each whilst there will be two £5,000 grants available for organisations working across three or more counties in North Wales.
The window for groups to submit applications opens for a four week period on November 11, with the winners being chosen by a public vote.
The North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT) was launched in 1998 to support community initiatives, particularly those in which the Police are involved, which aim to improve the quality of life by reducing crime and fear of crime in the communities of North Wales.
PACT encourages applications from community and voluntary groups, in partnership with their Neighbourhood Policing Teams, that will have a positive impact in local communities and encourage a safer environment and increased quality of life. All applicants are expected evidence how the proposal will support the current Police and Crime Plan
PACTs objectives are to invest in projects that:
- Promote an enhanced quality of life through crime prevention initiatives that reduce crime and the fear of crime and protect people and property from criminal activity.
- Promote education of drug and alcohol abuse to reduce crime
- Promote road safety as an integral part of life through training, education and special projects.
Our Board of trustees are committed to supporting these objectives which is reflected in PACTs on-going development to ensure that the Trust supports projects which address issues that are important to local communities.
We administer the Participatory Budget Fund on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner. Each year applicants across north Wales receive a share of £40,000 following a public vote in each county.
PACT also manages the distribution of the Police Property Act Fund for the Commissioner and through this we are able to offer a variety of funding opportunities, including:
- Neighbourhood Policing Team Small Grant Fund – available to NPT members to apply for up to £250.00 to support local initiatives and community groups.
- Main Grant fund – £250 to £2,000. Available for officer, staff and external community groups to apply. Applications will be assessed by Trustees at their meetings in February, July and October each year.
- Since 2010 PACT has developed and delivered a major youth education workshop- “Justice in a Day” – educating almost 3,000 young people about the consequences of crime.
To find out more about PACT please go to our website: http://www.pactnorthwales.co.uk
Crimebeat is the charity fund of the High Sheriff’s of Clwyd and Gwynedd which supports young people who want to develop projects that make their communities a safer place in which to live.
The fund is managed through the Police and Community Trust
Crimebeat supports young people to develop projects that aim to:
- Cut local crime and keep young people out of trouble
- Provide support to victims of crime
- Stimulate an interest in voluntary work
- Improve school attendance and behaviour
- Improve the quality of life in your community
Youth groups can apply for up to £500 to support their initiative, and many groups have worked with the support of their Neighbourhood Policing Team to make their project a reality.
Since it’s inception in north Wales Crimebeat has supported over 500 youth initiatives with grants in excess of £100,000.
You can find out more about the projects which Crimebeat has supported on our website: http://www.crimebeatnorthwales.co.uk
PACT: Registered charity No. 1071628
PACT and Crimebeat are managed by Dave Evans, who can be contacted on: 01745 588516