All applications must show a commitment to raising awareness of the risks around drug use.
Projects should focus on diverting young people and adults from becoming involved in illegal drug activity.
Examples of activity that may be funded by this grant include:
- Workshops with children and young people to inform them of the risks associated with illegal drug use and help them to make positive choices;
- Activities that build relationships within communities and alternative pathways for people at risk;
- Counselling, advice and support for those involved in illegal drug use who finding it hard to manage their situation;
- Provision of safe spaces;
- Work that informs young people and protects them from harm, whether online or in person.
“This list is by no means exhaustive, and we very much look forward to receiving applications describing a range of activities that meet the aims of this grant scheme,” said Commissioner Hernandez.
“Drugs can have a devastating social impact on community life and on those who are dependent upon them.
“They have an adverse impact on individuals, families and businesses right across our communities and contribute to violence, crime, financial problems and homelessness.
“To tackle drugs effectively we must address both the supply of drugs into our communities and the level of demand for those drugs.
“In my Police and Crime Plan I have made a commitment to help communities come together to break the cycle of addiction and reduce the demand for drugs.”
In Cornwall the scheme will be administered by Cornwall Community Foundation and grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available.
Application forms and eligibility criteria can be found here: Commissioner Community Grant Scheme Round 2 - Cornwall Community Foundation
In Devon, the scheme is being administered by Devon Community Foundation and applications are invited for grants between £1,000 and £10,000.
Application forms and eligibility criteria can be found here: OPCC Community Grants - Devon Community Foundation (devoncf.com)
Applications will be accepted until 15 June with successful awards being made in March, May and July.