Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Steve Turner today launched a new fund for charities to run projects or events during antisocial behaviour flashpoints this autumn.
Charities and charitable foundations can bid for cash from Bright Sparks to support projects taking place on or around three key dates in Cleveland’s calendar.
Projects must take place on – or around – Halloween or Bonfire Night.
Charities must either work with children and young people, providing positive activities to divert them away from antisocial behaviour – or with vulnerable adults, who fear an increase in antisocial behaviour at this time of year.
Cleveland PCC Steve Turner said: “Traditionally, there is an increase in antisocial behaviour as nights get longer and certain dates loom large in the calendar.
“With the anticipation of ASB comes a fear among many vulnerable adults that they could be targeted by children and young people, who want to channel their energies into making mischief.
“I want to make sure that children and young people have adequate opportunities to focus their attentions on positive activities, which do not disrupt the lives of other Cleveland residents.
“I also want to help provide re-assurance among the more isolated and vulnerable members of our communities by funding projects which provide them with support and companionship.”
Seasonal themes every quarter
Bright Sparks is funded via the Police Property Act. It raises money by selling recovered stolen goods or property, where the owners cannot be traced.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) plans to release funding for charities every quarter. Investments will go to projects with a seasonal theme.
In additional to quarterly themes, charities working in Cleveland can apply for funding throughout the year for projects which complement the objectives of Steve’s Police and Crime Plan.
To be eligible for Bright Sparks funding, a group must be a registered charity. It must also work to improve the lives of people in Cleveland.
Successful applicants must be prepared to give the OPCC a progress report . It should outline how they have spent their grant and what difference it has made.
Deadline for applications is 4 October 2022.