If the answer is ‘yes’ North Wales Police would like to hear from you.
Money seized from local criminals via POCA (Proceeds of Crime) and funds from the Police and Crime Commissioner are being made available for local communities to use on projects which will help cut crime and reduce anti-social behaviour.
Bids are now being accepted from groups for a share of £42k across North Wales for the Participatory Budgeting Pilot Scheme.
Each local authority area has been allocated £7k and applicants will be invited to present their bids to a local panel who will then decide which project will go forward to a final public vote. Each winning project can receive a maximum of £3.5k.
Public voting will take place online and further details regarding how to vote will be publicised in due course.
Winston Roddick, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales, said: “During my ﬁrst year in oﬃce I have built my most eﬀective policies on what you the public have told me. The most obvious examples are the development of the rural crime team and additional police oﬃcers.
“I want to build on this approach by piloting a participatory budgeting grant scheme. This means that the communities of north Wales will be able to decide which projects are given ﬁnancial support. I know there are communities and organisations who have innovative projects that can help make our communities safer. This pilot scheme will put the decision-making power in the hands of our communities by letting them decide which projects to support.
“The scheme will be funded partly through monies recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), which is the money accumulated by convicted criminals, being returned for reinvestment in the communities of north Wales. The other part will be provided from the funds which have been allocated to the Commissioner’s Fund."
He added: “I look forward to receiving applications for funding from across north Wales and to hear your views on which projects should be supported by this fund.”
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Simon Shaw said: “North Wales Police are pleased to support this Participatory Budget Pilot in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner. Feedback from our communities, partners and staff show that the reduction of crime and anti-social behaviour is a key priority.
“This pilot fund aims to give local communities and organisations the opportunity to develop innovative projects that will help address these issues. Applicants might find it useful to speak to neighbourhood policing teams about their proposals."
He added: “I would like to wish applicants the best of luck and we very much look forward to receiving the proposals.”
Applicants must be a properly constituted voluntary organisation, community group or charity working in North Wales.
Completed applications must be returned via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on Saturday 30th November 2013.
Projects must be completed and grant monies spent by 31st March 2014.
If you would like to speak to a member of your local policing team to discuss your proposal please visit the Neighbourhood Policing section