My office is once again looking to help fund voluntary groups, organisations and charities that tackle major issues like anti-social behaviour, drug and alcohol related crimes and supporting young people.
Each year we work in partnership with Wiltshire Community Foundation (WCF) to award grants to community and voluntary groups who support the delivery of my Police and Crime Plan. It’s a really great way for us to give back to the community with the money raised from unclaimed property.
I wanted to make the grants even more accessible for those smaller community groups this year, so the eligibility criteria and application process itself has been redesigned as well as there now being multiple opportunities to apply throughout the year.
In previous years we have awarded thousands of pounds to some incredible causes which have made a huge difference to the lives of people living in Wiltshire and Swindon, including Youth Adventure Trust which works with vulnerable and disadvantaged children aged 11-16 from deprived areas to run activity days for young people.
Another example is Warminster and Westbury youth clubs which were forced to close during the lockdowns. The grant enabled the clubs to cover the costs of reopening in line with guidelines and to ensure they were Covid-safe.
I want to encourage groups to visit the fund page to read the full eligibility criteria and get your application in. Or if you have any questions, please sign up to WCF’s free Meet the Funder webinar to find out more.