COMMUNITY projects in Gwent have just two weeks left to apply to the Police and Crime Commissioner for a share of £150,000 seized from criminals and from the sale of unclaimed found property.

Applicants only have until 5pm on Monday June 30 to submit their bids for a share of the cash from Gwent PCC Ian Johnston’s Partnership Fund.

The grant scheme is funded by the proceeds of crime awarded to the police and from the sale of unclaimed found property.

It’s open for bids from charities, voluntary organisations and community groups involved in activities that have a positive impact on their communities.

Groups interested in bidding for a share of the funding must be able to demonstrate the positive impact their project will have on the communities they serve, while at the same time contributing to delivering the Commissioner’s priorities for Gwent which include reducing and preventing crime and taking more effective action to reduce anti-social behaviour and protecting people from serious harm.

Groups will be able to apply for funding up to the region of £10,000.

Ian Johnston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, said: “It’s fitting to see money recovered from criminals going back to benefit local communities and many projects in Gwent such as this one have already made a positive difference to their communities thanks to this funding scheme.

“We recognise the vital role these projects can play in complementing the work of Gwent Police and other local partners in the community.

“My message is simple – if anyone has a great idea for a project which they think has potential to make a positive difference to their community – we want to hear from them.”

The closing date for all applications has been set as 5pm on Monday, June 30.

To find out more or for an application form, visit the Gwent PCC website at or email the Commissioner’s office on