Dearne community groups urged to apply for funding

Shaun Wright, Police Crime Commissioner.
Shaun Wright, Police Crime Commissioner.

A funding pot of money seized by police from criminals is being offered to community groups in the Dearne.

The money was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) and police want to invest it back into the community.

Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner, is now asking community groups to apply for grant funding.

Non-profit voluntary and community organisations can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to help fund and improve their projects.

Commissioner Wright said: “This is the third round of applications from my grant scheme and I am already very impressed at the amazing work that volunteers and community organisations put into making South Yorkshire one of the safest places to live in the country.

“It has already been a great honour visiting and speaking to many organisations around the county that were both successful and unsuccessful in previous rounds.

“I have recently visited Safe@Last in Rotherham who received a grant in the first round of grant funding and have been able to provide much needed resources to help vulnerable young people that feel that they have nowhere to turn.

“As South Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner, one of my top priorities is to protect the most vulnerable people from crime and the investment that I am putting into these organisations is testament to my commitment.

“I would encourage anyone running schemes within South Yorkshire, who think that they can make a difference to residents, to consider applying for the funding. I am especially looking for community groups that would like to add resources and promote their current project and would be unable to do so without additional funding.”

Forms and further information are available for download from and groups have until 2pm on Thursday, September 12, to submit their applications.