Police commissioner launches new £100,000 fund for good causes in Northamptonshire

Police and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold
Police and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold

A pot of £100,000 has been made available to groups and goods causes in Northamptonshire by the police and crime commissioner.

Stephen Mold revealed the details of the new fund, which aims to support groups helping to make the county a safer place, at a joint launch with Northamptonshire Community Foundation.

Speaking at the launch at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Mr Mold said: "The founder of the modern police service, Sir Robert Peel, said ‘the police are the public and the public are the police’.

"These words echo my thoughts and help to explain exactly why we have partnered with NCF to distribute these grants on our behalf - we want members of the community to help lead what is a joined-up effort in making Northamptonshire safer and protecting people from harm.

“I look forward to seeing how this money is distributed to worthy causes to help meet our objectives within the police and crime plan and I am pleased that an independent, respected organisation will be helping to deliver these on our behalf," he added.

Chief executive of the foundation, Victoria Miles, said she was delighted to be working with crime commissioner.

"Our partnership will help support community groups and projects who know their neighbourhoods well and are best placed to work with their own communities to help make Northamptonshire a safer place to live, work and play," she said.

During 2015/16, more than £1 million was distributed in grants to groups and projects across Northamptonshire. Through donations and grants awarded the Foundation has enabled local groups and charities to support 121,466 people across the county.