The new Community Initiatives Fund which was launched in May 2020 will continue for a further six months.
The funding comes from money which has been allocated from items seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
The Police and Crime Commissioner recognises that the lifting of restrictions has eased the impact on everyday activities and social isolation for vulnerable people, but that individuals and communities are still in a recovery stage. Grass roots organisations can continue to play a vital role in providing pandemic-recovery related support and provide activity which has a focus on mental health , re-establishing confidence in emerging from lockdown or diversionary activities that are on-line or socially distanced.
The Commissioner has therefore extended the Community Initiatives Funding for a further six months until March 31st 2021.
The Commissioner recognises the harms from the pandemic will be disproportionately felt in areas where there is greater levels of economic, social and health inequalities and deprivation. West Midlands Police have identified 19 Impact areas and priority will be given to Community Initiatives Fund applicants where their activity will benefit citizens within these 19 Impact areas.
The application form now requires your organisation to state if the people who will benefit are within an Impact area. Applicants are urged to follow the process map below and contact their relevant Partnership Team.
- Funding launch 7 September 2020.
- Application deadline to Partnership Inspector will be noon on Friday, 25 September 2020.
- The Scrutiny Panel to be held w/c 5 October 2020.
- Funding launch 4 January 2021
- Application deadline to Partnership Inspector of noon on Friday, 15 January 2021
- The Scrutiny Panel to be held w/c 25 January 2021.
|Birmingham East||Bordesley Green, Erdington, Sparkhill / Sparkbrook|
|Birmingham West||Birmingham city centre, Lozells, 3 estates (Northfield/Kings Norton)|
|Coventry||Hillfields, Wood End and Bell Green|
|Dudley||Brierley Hill, Dudley Central|
|Sandwell||Princes End, Smethwick, Soho & Victoria, West Bromwich central|
|Solihull||Chelmsley Town, Smithswood|
|Walsall||St Matthews, Willenhall|
|Wolverhampton||Bilston, Whitmore Reans|
Sikh Soup Kitchen
One of the organisations that have been funded by the Community Initiatives Fund is the Sikh Soup Kitchen. The organisation has received £4,000 from the fund.
The Sikh Soup Kitchen is a community project to provide food and support to the most vulnerable in society throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Sikh Soup Kitchen feed up to 600 vulnerable, elderly and homeless people every week in this current COVID-19 pandemic.