Home Office to improve safety in local communities

Monday July 25th, 2011

The Home Office has announced the launch of two funds to support voluntary sector organisations who help to reduce crime in the community, according to reports.

The purpose of the Innovation Fund is to encourage new approaches to tackling crime by motivating those in the local area to help with problems in their neighbourhood. The aim is to give the funding to grassroots groups who may not have received any sort of government funding in the past.

The fund also aims to encourage the voluntary sector to work more closely with local Community Safety Partnerships, and other agencies that impact on community safety, to drive cooperation in the design and delivery of services.

The Innovation Fund will be worth £5 million in 2011-12 with a further £5 million set aside for 2012-13.

In addition, there will be a £4 million ‘Choices Fund’ set up to support the development of local solutions to reduce substance misuse and offending by young people.

‘We know people are concerned about the crime and antisocial behaviour that blights many of our towns and cities. That is why we want to empower more communities to work together to tackle issues that matter to them locally,” said Baroness Angela Browning.

‘The voluntary sector plays a vital role in delivering this ambition and this new funding will help us to drive up action, encourage more creative solutions and build safer neighbourhoods for everyone.”

Applications for funding will be invited from both voluntary and community sector organisations. Full details of the application process for 2011-12 will be made available on the Home Office website shortly.

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