New Home Office funding programmes

Two new funds totalling £14 million are being made available to the voluntary sector to empower communities to take action against crime and antisocial behaviour. As part of the government's ambition to drive up community activism and build safer neighbourhoods, organisations from the voluntary sector across England and Wales are being invited to apply for a share of two new funds to support local areas in tackling the issues that matter most to them.

The funds are: 

  • A £5 million 'Community Action Against Crime: Innovation Fund' - to bring together active citizens and encourage new and creative ways of working within communities to tackle crime, with a further £5 million set aside for 2012-13
  • A £4 million 'Choices Fund' - to support the development of innovative local solutions to reduce substance misuse and offending by young people.

Full details of the application process for 2011-12 will be made available on the Home Office website shortly and will be publicised via Merton Connected.