Twelve community groups have been awarded grants totalling around £315,000 in the third and final round of the £1 million Innovation Fund set up by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon.
Angus Macpherson has used the fund to commission community and voluntary projects which seek to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and support victims and vulnerable people in innovative ways.
Mr Macpherson said: “The Innovation Fund is a one-off fund I set up after I took office. It was a way of putting £1m from my reserves to very good use supporting new and exciting projects in line with my six main priorities.
“I have been keen to encourage organisations that are doing similar work to see if they can work together and provide greater resilience as well as covering a wider geographic area.
“I was particularly looking for innovative new ideas from within the 51 applications that would help to break cycles of crime and anti-social behaviour, including supporting repeat offenders.”
The Commissioner’s six main priorities are working with communities and partners to:
• Reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
• Protect the most vulnerable in society
• Put victims and witnesses first
• Reduce offending and re-offending
• Drive up standards of customer service
• Ensure unfailing and timely response to calls for assistance
Please click here for details of the 12 successful bidders.