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The Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Waheed Saleem, has announced which organisations will receive £157,000 allocated to Tranche 4 of the Community Initiatives Fund.  

Over 40 organisations, from across all seven West Midlands local authorities, have been successful.

Some of the successful projects in this tranche include:

  • St Laurence’s Church in Coventry, who have set up the Hope Hub to support people experiencing crisis throughout the pandemic
  • United Sikhs in Wolverhampton, sourcing laptops and tablets for school children
  • The Friendship Café Walsall, providing reassurance calls and delivering wellbeing packages whilst restrictions do not permit social interactions at the café
  • Push on Well Being in Solihull, providing mental health support through use of a community support worker
  • Soho Youth Project based in Birmingham, offering diversionary activities to young people through music.

The Community Initiatives Fund was launched in May last year in response to the ongoing impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on communities.

The fund is for projects that are supporting the most vulnerable in our society, such as the elderly and extremely isolated.

This funding comes from items seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act. The money cannot be spent on recruiting officers.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Waheed Saleem, said:

“I am delighted that we have been able to fund over 40 organisations in this Tranche and plough £157,000, seized from criminals, back into the community.

“This money will go a long way to support our most vulnerable people during this covid-19 crisis.

“The volume of applications for such a wide range of different community projects has shown the best in humanity, and how our communities have pulled together to support one another in such difficult times.

“Although the vaccine rollout has given us hope for the future, many people in our communities are struggling with the impact of the pandemic which is why I am so pleased that we are continuing to fund projects through the Community Initiatives Fund”.

Our next round of funding will become available from 1st April 2021, with an application deadline of April 16th 2021. We encourage community projects to apply for this funding to support their projects that are helping our community.

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