Cash seized from criminals awarded to Lancashire projects

In February, 15 successful applicants were awarded a share of almost £500,000 using money seized from criminals in Lancashire.

Individual grants of between £5,000 and £100,000 will be used to support a wide range of projects across the county including sports activities for young people, women’s shelters for victims of domestic violence, and support for victims of sexual abuse.

Funding will go to groups across Lancashire whose projects met the criteria for the scheme and will help support the Commissioner’s priorities of defending frontline policing, protecting vulnerable people, tackling crime and reoffending, and supporting victims.

The grants, funded using money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), attracted more than 90 applications worth £3.6m.

Please note: we are not currently accepting applications under this scheme.

Details of the winning applicants are listed below.

East division

Organisation Details
HARV Domestic Abuse Services, Accrington – £50,000 Money towards cost of purchasing two new buildings in Accrington to house staff and provide support services to victims of abuse.
Pendle Action for the Community – £16,788 Providing one-to-one support for victims of domestic abuse and training staff.
Burnley FC in the Community – £20,000 Funding to help expand the ‘Kicks’ project in Burnley aimed at bringing communities together and reduce anti-social behaviour and youth crime by engaging young people, particularly in deprived areas.
Newground, Blackburn – £19,455 For purchasing furniture and IT equipment to go in the new Shadsworth Community Hub. This will help with provision of education sessions, including educating adults to recognise the warning signs in children relating to extremism or right-wing radicalisation.
Families Health and Wellbeing Consortium, Burnley – £35,000 Extending the MEAM project into Burnley (currently in Blackburn), to help provide support to adults with complex needs.
Ynot Aspire, East Lancashire – £9,999 An early action intervention project in East Lancashire working with year 8 pupils to prevent crime and cell visits to act as a deterrent.
Every Action Has Consequences, Lancashire (based in Blackburn) – £14,700 Project to educate young people about alcohol-related harm and violence. The money will fund further training and educational packs to hand out to young people.
Calico Enterprise Limited, East Lancashire – £21,000 Extending an existing pilot project working with people with histories of offending and substance misuse, including accommodation for those who are homeless.

South division

Organisation Details
Skelmersdale Action For Youth – £22,000 Sports activities for young people identified as on the periphery of gang crime and violence in the Skelmersdale area.
Preston Community Safety Partnership – £57,000 Money to extend and improve the CCTV network in Preston
Ingol and Tanterton Community Trust (Intact) – £13,853 Improve security at the building, which has been broken into recently, to help tackle ASB.
The Haythornthwaite Sports Foundation, Preston – £5,000 Sports programmes aimed at young people identified as vulnerable and at risk of isolation.

West division

Organisation Details
Fylde Veterans CIC, Fylde coast – £41,100 Funding to enable veterans to steward events and parades in Lancashire that would otherwise require a police presence, freeing up officers for other police work.
Fylde Coast Women’s Aid – £17,922 Refurbishment and additional security measures at three women’s refuges – in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.
Enlighten, Blackpool – £100,000 Pilot project in Blackpool offering therapeutic support to young people who have been victims of sexual abuse and are showing signs of sexual aggression or harmful behaviour, and therefore at risk of further victimisation.