Inspector backs new cash fund

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Community groups set up to reduce crime and help victims of crime can apply for cash help from a new £30,000 scheme launched this week.

A new community and volunteer fund has been started by Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick to reward voluntary groups trying to make their areas better places to live.

Groups can apply for grants between £250 and £1,000 as long as projects fit in with the commissioner’s pledge to tackle anti-social behaviour and help vulnerable people, including victims and witnesses of crime.

Mr Hardwick said: “What inspired me to set up this fund was a visit I made to a youth club where the people there mentioned what an enormous difference a few hundred pounds would make to them.

“I thought that must be true of many groups around the county that are doing a tremendous job for their communities on small budgets and that occasionally need a little bit of help.

“The grants are available for crime prevention or reduction initiatives and to reward people who willingly give up their own time for the benefit of others in the community.

“That’s a very real part of policing in this county.”