Nearly £500,000 has been allocated to improve the quality of life in neighbourhoods across Derby city and the County in the form of the 'Commissioner's Vulnerability Fund'.
The fund aims to provide support for vulnerable families and communities at risk of harm, to help solve their problems and increase their safety. This could include issues arising from the current COVID-19 pandemic which has brought many community challenges.
The focus of this fund is on policing and crime, community safety and helping to create safer and stronger communities. The funder will be looking for evidence of community safety outcomes or how this will benefit people from becoming victims or perpetrators of crime and could include projects that focus on:
- support services, advice or self-help groups and services offering emotional, practical and other support to particularly vulnerable groups, either on-line, by telephone or appropriately social distanced face-to-face support.
- projects which support and encourage target groups of vulnerable people who have lost their jobs or lost income as a result of the pandemic to get back into work, training opportunities or other programmes.
- groups which have had to close facilities or put services/activities on hold during lockdown, who need a small amount of additional resource to enable them to re-open safely or deliver services in new ways e.g. protective equipment, barriers/screens and IT software
- activities to ensure vulnerable people have access to reliable, accurate information and are able to access support services – including those who are digitally excluded or who face barriers due, for example, to their disability, health condition, language barriers making them more vulnerable to becoming victims of crime or Anti-social behaviour
Micro grants from £50 to £1,000 will be available from Community Action up to March 2021 for projects that:
- help individuals live safely and without fear of crime in their homes
- empower the local community to tackle problems in their neighbourhood areas
- are organised by community/neighbourhood groups
- can demonstrate that they can make a difference to local communities
- take a new and sustainable approach to tackling long-term problems
- foster good relations between partner agencies and communities and do not work in isolation.
For more information and an application form email firstname.lastname@example.org