Making Northamptonshire safer fund announced

28 Febuary 2017

Police and Crime Commissioner announces £100K ‘Making Northamptonshire Safer’ Communities Fund

The news was announced at the Foundation's annual Philanthropy Impact Review at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, which provided guests with insights and highlights into the value that donations and grants are making to communities in our county.

The occasion provided an opportunity for guests to hear about the key areas identified in the review and to learn about the Foundation’s work and its impact on the community.

The Police and Crime Commissioner of Northamptonshire, Stephen Mold formally announced the launch of the new Police and Crime Commissioner fund during the event. The fund will support making Northamptonshire safer in the county.

Victoria Miles DL, Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Community Foundation said “We are delighted to be working with Stephen Mold and his team at the Office of the Police and 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.’   

Stephen Mold, Police and Crime Commissioner of Northamptonshire said of the new fund “I’m delighted that my Office will be partnering with Northamptonshire Community Foundation to award £100,000 of funding to organisations that will genuinely make a difference to people living in the county.

“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.”

The event was well attended by the Foundation’s other fund holders; Rachel McGrath, Grants Director/Deputy CEO of the Foundation said: ‘We are delighted to share insights and highlights demonstrating the value of grant making and donations. The review identifies key areas in which community groups and charities have been able to actively support people and the difference they have made to beneficiaries lives. By capturing this information we are better able to demonstrate the value of awarded projects and communicate this to current and potential donors and the wider community.’

During 2015/16, over £1million 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.

The full version of the Yearbook is now available online.