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Communities and voluntary organisations across Avon and Somerset will continue to benefit from £200,000 a year to tackle issues in their local area, following the re-launch of Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens’ Community Action Fund.
 
During Sue Mountstevens first-term as Police and Crime Commissioner she awarded £600,000 to over 180 projects from skate parks to street pastors.
 
The Commissioner’s Community Action Fund touched the lives of thousands of people and Sue Mountstevens is hoping the excellent work will continue. She said: “On a daily basis I experience the extraordinary work taking place within local communities and my Community Action Fund is there to provide these projects with some additional support.
 
“I never imagined the level of interest that we saw over my first term and it’s been a privilege to be able to support such a variety of projects and initiatives which are clearly making a difference on the ground in our local communities,” she added.
 
The Commissioner’s Community Action Fund re-opened on June 1, 2016. Applications are welcome throughout the year with decisions made quarterly by the Trustees. The next trustee meeting is on 1 September 2016.
 
Sue Mountstevens said: “I am delighted to be able to re-open applications and I look forward to seeing and hearing about all the things you do for your community. By working together we can make improvements to make Avon and Somerset an even safer place to live.”
 
The Commissioner’s Community Action Fund is administered by the Police Community Trust. Bea Salter, Chair of the Police Community Trust said: “The Trustees have had a very effective cooperation with the Commissioner for the past three years. Funds from her community action fund have been distributed to a wide range of interesting and deserving organisations.
 
“It is clear to me that people have a real desire to make a difference across Avon and Somerset.  Whether it is mentoring young people, providing emotional and physical support for victims or innovative ways to tackle anti-social behaviour, people care about their communities. The Trust looks forward to receiving many more innovative applications over the next four-years.”
 
The Commissioner’s Community Action Fund allows communities and groups to apply for grants of up to £5,000 to tackle issues relating to the priorities set out in the Police and Crime Plan for Avon and Somerset.
 
For more information about the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund or to apply click here.
 
For more information about the Police Community Trust and other grants available click here.