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£150,000 awarded to support community safety projects

Ron, Ruth, Mel and Barbara-CSF announcement 2016-17

L-R: Ron Hogg (PCVC), Ruth Ashton and Mel Metcalf (Durham Pride) and Barbara Gubbins (CDCF)

COMMUNITY GROUPS and voluntary organisations are set to benefit from £150,000, of grant funding across the area.

Applications were submitted before 15 April this year to Ron Hogg, the Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner’s (PCVC’s) Community Safety Fund, for projects aiming to reduce crime and improve community safety.

Ron provided £100,000 of funding for 2016-17, with an additional contribution of £50,000 from County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF).  This means £150,000 is available for local projects. Ron has asked CDCF to manage his Community Safety Fund again this year.

In total, £149,817.00 has been awarded to 21 different community groups and voluntary organisations throughout County Durham and Darlington.

One of the organisations to benefit from the fund is Durham Pride UK, which was awarded £5,200, and they will use the grant towards preventing hate crime.

Mel Metcalf, Chair of Durham Pride UK, said: “Thanks to this grant from the Community Safety Fund, Durham Pride UK can begin our very own Rainbow Alliance and Rainbow Community Cafe, encouraging diversity and inclusiveness and improving the visibility of the growing numbers of LGBTQ+ people living in County Durham.”

Ron said: “We had an overwhelming response with around £500,000 worth of bids. The successful applicants can make a real difference to individuals in their local communities - something which I believe is important to invest in.”

Barbara Gubbins, Chief Executive of County Durham Community Foundation said: “We are delighted to be working with Ron and his team again to support these important initiatives across the area. County Durham Community Foundation was able to provide a 50% match against the funding pot and it's great to be working together in this way. The awards made will help community projects right across County Durham and Darlington, so residents from different areas will benefit from this fund.”


Notes to Editors:

Photograph (L-R):

  • Ron Hogg, Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner
  • Ruth Ashton, Trustee of Durham Pride UK
  • Mel Metcalf, Chair of Durham Pride UK
  • Barbara Gubbins, Chief Executive of County Durham Community Foundation
Posted on Wednesday 22nd June 2016
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