Greater Manchester Police is launching a brand new initiative to put money seized from criminals back in to local communities.
“Giving Back” helps GMP and partners give money to individuals, organisations and groups to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour in their neighbourhoods. This is part of GMP’s commitment to listening to and working with people to tackle the issues that matter most to them.
£500 to £2,000 is available in St Peter’s ward and GMP is looking for people to put forward their ideas for how the money could be spent and then decide who gets funding.
Chief Superintendent Paul Savill from Greater Manchester Police said: “It’s crucial that the people who live in our area have the final say on how funding is allocated as part of this scheme. We worked hard to find out which issues matter most to communities so it’s only right that we ask them to decide how it can best be tackled.
“By working together and putting money gained illegally back into our areas we can continue to create happier, healthier and safer place to live, work and enjoy.”
GMP welcomes ideas from individuals, groups or organisations for innovative projects that focus on tackling antisocial behaviour and make their neighbourhood a better place to live.
The Force and its partners are also holding an event, inviting applicants who are successful at the first stage of the process to present their idea to people from the community – they need as many people as possible from the area to come along, listen to the ideas and vote for the one they think will make the most difference.
Tameside Council deputy leader, Cllr John Taylor, said: “This is a great opportunity for community groups and individuals to obtain funding to put their ideas into practice or further existing projects. We are determined to tackle and prevent anti-social behaviour and would welcome innovative ideas to help.”
If you think you or a group/organisation you’re involved with have a great idea to help tackle antisocial behaviour visit www.gmp.police.uk/givingback to apply to the scheme.
Paper applications can be picked up and dropped off at the following location:
The New Charter Hub, 2 Henrietta Street, Ashton- under- Lyne,OL6 6EF (Open Mon-Wed 9am - 4.30pm and Fri 9am - 4pm)
Action Together, 95-97 Penny Meadow, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 6EP (Open Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm)
A support day to assist applicants is being held at Holy Trinity Community Centre, Dean Street, Ashton, between 2pm to 4pm on Monday 12th February for help with the process.
Applications close midnight on 24th February, after which a public event will be held for those who are successful at the application process to pitch their idea to the public. It will take place on 17th March from 1pm to 4pm at the Church of Nazarene, Stamford Street, Ashton, OL6 7LJ
Giving Back is funded by ARIS – the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme - which helps the Force use money taken from criminals (or that they have had to pay back once they’ve been convicted of doing something illegal) to help communities