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Deadline nears to bid for crime cash

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

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COMMUNITY groups across Cornwall have until next week to bid for a slice of £4,000 in the Community Cashback scheme.

The Cornish Guardian is helping Devon and Cornwall Police decide which projects should receive a share of the Community Cashback pot.

The money has been clawed back from criminals, or is believed to have been gained as the result of criminal activity.

Last year there was £3,000 available for groups and organisations across our circulation area, which the Cornish Guardian helped to distribute.

This year £4,000 is up for grabs for organisations that fulfil the criteria, which include having a youth aspect to their work.

Community groups from urban, coastal and rural areas are all encouraged to apply for the funding, designed to help groups that contribute in some way to a drop in crime.

That could be as simple as taking youngsters off the streets and giving them an activity to fill their spare time, or contributing to community cohesion.

Some of last year's winners included St Austell and District Amateur Boxing Club, St Austell Town Council and Treviglas College in Newquay.

Each group can apply for up to £650, but any organisation bidding for more than £200 must be able to provide matched funding.

Sergeant Jerry Mitchell, Cornwall's community safety sergeant, said: "Cornwall Community Cashback is a great way for the local community to benefit from the seizures of the proceeds of criminal activity.

"Working with the Cornish Guardian, we hope to support many initiatives and see real benefits for communities across Cornwall."

To apply, fill out a form online at thisiscornwall.co.uk

All entries received by the closing date of November 13 will be assessed by the police and all those shortlisted will then be put to a vote among the readers of the Cornish Guardian.

Terms and conditions apply. See the website for details.

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