Over £200,000 taken from criminals provided as grants to support community projects across Thames Valley

    Matthew Barber (Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley) and Jason Hogg (Chief Constable, Thames Valley Police) award community and voluntary organisations £201,445 in the first round of this year’s Community Fund

    Over 170 organisations applied for over £1.2m of funding from the latest round of the Community Fund, with 36 organisations successful in receiving funding of between £500 – £10,000 to support one of the PCC’s Police and Criminal Justice Plan key priorities.

    Announcing the funding, Matthew said: “I’m really pleased to invest extra cash - taken from criminals by our hard-working police officers - putting it back into the fight against crime. Along with other projects supported by my Community Fund, these initiatives are making a difference across every area in Thames Valley.

    “These groups know their communities, engage with local policing teams and work to protect people and address local concerns. It’s even better knowing we’re using money taken from criminals, to support projects that will really benefit the community.

    “Communities will benefit from the funding in a number of ways including support to reduce re-offending, knife crime education in schools, as well as counselling and support for victims of crime.”

    Jason Hogg, Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police, said: “Both the Police and Crime Commissioner and I are pleased to be able to award over £200,000 of funding to 36 voluntary and community groups in the first round of this year’s Community Fund.

    “This grant funding will ensure community and voluntary organisations can continue to run projects that play an important role in preventing crime and protecting our communities.

    “I look forward to meeting the successful applicants at the presentation event in Oxfordshire next month.”

    Successful recipients have been invited to attend a presentation event, hosted by the Police & Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable, in Oxfordshire on Monday 11th March 2024.

    For a full list of organisations who have been awarded funding, please view the Community Fund Decision Paper.

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