2020-21 Project Support Programme Launched by PCSP

June 29, 2020

Lisburn & Castlereagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) is pleased to announce the launch of its annual Project Support Programme, which is open to all constituted community groups including Neighbourhood Watch Schemes and Community Police Liaison Committees operating within Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area.

The current coronavirus pandemic is a rapidly changing situation that has impacted on all our lives, however it is vital that the PCSP continues to provide this annual funding opportunity to local groups who probably need it more than ever.  The current social distancing requirements, alongside enhanced hygiene measures and other safety assessments will impact how we do business, that said, it should still be possible to deliver effective policing and community safety interventions by developing an innovative and adaptable approach. The latest government advice and guidance can be found at both www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19 and www.pha.site/coronavirus which should be carefully considered before submitting your application to ensure compliance with your project. 

The PCSP supports community projects addressing anti-social behaviour, crime, domestic abuse, confidence in policing, fear of crime, road safety, burglaries, business and retail crime.

Grants from £500 to £5,000 will be awarded to successful groups for projects that can continue up to the 26 February 2021.

Applications can be made under one of the following themes:

Objective 1 – Reducing anti-social behaviour, addressing the effects of drugs and alcohol as a contributing factor in crime and anti-social behaviour, increase reporting of Domestic Abuse incidents and provide support to the victims, increase confidence in policing;
Objective 2 – To reduce the fear of crime, especially amongst vulnerable groups including addressing hate crime, road safety, reduce burglaries, business and retail crime

Announcing the Project Support Programme, Lisburn & Castlereagh PCSP Chairman, Councillor Alex Swan said, “I would encourage all relevant groups to make an application to access this funding which is being made available to address policing and community safety issues across the council area. The Partnership wishes to reach out to all communities to make them safer and to improve confidence in policing.  I appreciate that the current COVID 19 restrictions placed upon all of us provides difficulties for delivering projects in the traditional sense but they also challenge us to think creatively about how we can implement ideas to address the aspirations of the project support programme objectives . I would also be keen to receive applications from groups who have traditionally not engaged in this area of work.”

Application forms and guidance notes are available online at www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/pcsp or by request from Lisburn & Castlereagh PCSP on 028 9250 9279/284/374. Please note that completed applications will not be accepted by email. Projects must be within the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area.

Completed applications must be returned in a sealed envelope endorsed  'Policing and Community Safety Partnership – Project Support Programme Application 2020/21' and addressed to the PCSP Manager, Lisburn & Castlereagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership, Civic Headquarters, Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, BT27 4RL to arrive no later than 1.00pm on Friday 7 August 2020.