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£2m fund to make South Yorkshire safer launched

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The fire service is calling on community and voluntary groups to bid for money to support its work in driving down incidents across the county.

The fire service is calling on community and voluntary groups to bid for money to support its work in driving down incidents across the county.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue is hoping dozens of registered charities, community organisations and partners agencies will come forward and apply for money for grants from the £2 million fund, which has been set aside from the Authority’s reserves.

Groups will be able to bid for as little as £5,000 or as much as £250,000 to support projects which reduce injuries, save lives and make South Yorkshire safer. Key objectives for the ‘Safer & Stronger Communities Reserve’ fund include prioritising the most vulnerable, collaboration and data sharing.

The first funding round will run from January 6 to February 10, 2014, with an assessment board recommending which projects will win funding, and final decisions being taken by Fire Authority members in March.

Fire Authority Chair, Cllr Jim Andrews, said: “For many years, the Fire Service has been very successful at driving down incidents.

“South Yorkshire is a safer place to live today than it has been at any time in its history.”

“As an Authority, we know that we can only sustain these improvements by working together with partners to make community safety work joined-up and responding to local needs.”

“That’s why we’ve decided to set aside this money, because we know it is only by working alongside community groups, charities and other partner agencies that we can continue to make the lives of the most vulnerable people in society safer.”

There is a three-stage application process for funding:

Stage 1—submit an Expression of Interest form. The first round for this stage will run from 6th January to 10th February 2014.

Stage 2—presentation to Assessment Board (WB 24th February).

Stage 3—develop a Service Level Agreement.

Recommendations will be made to the March Authority meeting. A second round will open in April 2014.

For more information and to apply, visit www.syfire.gov.uk

 

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