The Cheshire Police Crimefighting Fund was created for supporting community organisations whose work supports the police to protect and support victims of crime. An initial £25,000 was donated to the fund in April 2016 – cash generated from the auction of seized and unclaimed property. The Police Property Act allows for that money to be used for charitable purposes that support the work of the police and we work in partnership with the Cheshire Community Foundation & their expertise in the assessing, distributing & assessing charitable bids to administer these funds.  A further donation of £40,000 was made in September 2017.

Chief Inspector Alan Fairclough said, “I have the pleasure of working with the Cheshire Community Foundation Grants Panel which has provided me with improved knowledge of charitable law & applications which I have cascaded to our staff who volunteer in charities.  I ensure that the bids are sound, ethical & critically look at ones that support ‘We’re Here’ objectives.  So far the Crimefighting fund has granted £51,000 to help 11 local charities to provide support to over 6,500 beneficiaries to reduce vulnerability, crime & improve safety.  This includes Cheshire Anti-Slavery network, The Hardman Trust & Women’s Housing Action Group.  Further applications are being assessed during Winter 2017.”

“I was particularly impressed with the Youth Federation bid in July 2017, who are tackling the growing concerns around cyber security threats and the shortfall in cyber professionals.  This project aims to inspire girls to learn more about cyber security. Through school events across Cheshire, the half-day sessions are enabling over 200 female students to learn more about the cyber industry, cyber security careers and to take part in coding and encryption challenges. As a result of the events more young girls will also be better informed about STEM career options.”

The great partnership between Cheshire Police and Cheshire Community Foundation (CCF) continues to support incredible work across the county.

Zoe Sheppard, CEO Cheshire Community Foundation said, “We are thrilled with the impact the Cheshire Crimefighting Fund has had over the last 18 months and the partnership that has developed between our two organisations. Cheshire Police had funded a great number of incredibly worthwhile projects tackling issues which are prevalent but widely overlooked, including modern slavery and cyber-crime which can have a devastating effect on our local community.”

Cheshire Police also offer their insight on local issues, advising the CCF Grants Panel, who help the Foundation decide which projects are eligible for funding.

“We are delighted that we have been able to support so many people locally who are in real need of support. CCF have connected us to some incredible charities who are working with people in our local community to tackle real issues, changing many lives for the better.” Chief Constable, Janette McCormick.

If you would like some advice on how to apply for a grant or further details of the projects supported then contact C/I Alan Fairclough or via  www.cheshirecommunityfoundation.org.uk .