Criminal cash used to help safeguard communities

POLICE are to hand £30,000 of criminals’ ill-gotten gains to communities across Northamptonshire.

The grants will all come from money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act, and is being made available to community activities across the county by Northamptonshire Police Authority.

The grants follow the success of schemes in previous years, with this year’s money aiming to build safer and stronger communities.

One main grant of £10,000 is due to be handed out, along with three medium-sized grants of £5,000 and five smaller £1,000 awards.

Councillor Derek Lawson, chairman of the authority’s grants funding group, said: “We are glad to see this project continue into its fourth year.

“I’m hoping to see applications that will leave a lasting legacy within local communities.”

Information about how to apply for funding can be found on the Police Authority website.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on March 30.