Police Commissioner launches £50,000 Youth Diversion Fund for projects over autumn half term

'Youth Diversion Fund' with group of young dancers behind words

Community groups which offer safe and engaging activities for young people are being invited to bid for grants for projects running during the autumn half-term, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.

Emily Spurrell has announced that she is releasing the funding from her Youth Diversion Fund, diverting money raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police which cannot be returned to its owners into worthwhile causes.

The Commissioner is encouraging community organisations, charities and groups to apply for a vital cash boost of up to £3,000 for grassroots initiatives which are working to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour and crime during a time when this traditionally spikes.

A total of £50,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.

The Commissioner said: "I’m delighted to be able to open up my Youth Diversion Fund for the third time, inviting  bids of up to £3,000 from organisations which are working to make their communities safer and better places to live by engaging with young people, particularly over the autumn half term.

“Many communities across Merseyside traditionally see a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour around Bonfire and Mischief Night. Historically, it is also a particularly busy time for the police and the fire service. Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and provide safe and engaging activities for young people to make sure they don’t become involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour.

“I want to see these grants used to support projects that complement the excellent diversionary work carried out by Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, ensuring that young people can enjoy the autumn festivities in a safe and enjoyable way which is properly supervised.”

Emily added: “Local people know their communities best. They know what works when engaging with their young people and I am looking forward to reviewing their ideas and initiatives for ensuring everyone can have a safe and fun Halloween.”

The Youth Diversion Fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM) on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from individuals and organisations as donors who wish to support deserving causes in Merseyside.

All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 4pm on 23rd Sept 2022.

Please note, this fund is now closed.