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Operation Payback – FUND NOW CLOSED

A £350,000 pot of money recovered from criminals in the North East is going to be put back where it belongs – into the grass roots of local communities as part of our new funding initiative – Operation Payback.

If you’re a local project or a community group striving to make your community a better place local lives, this could be the cash boost you need and we want to hear from you.

Whether you’re a group that supports vulnerable people or a project that provides diversionary activities to help tackle anti-social behaviour – if your aim is to improve lives or prevent crime, you could fit the bill. You could play a valuable role in helping me repair the harm caused to communities by crime.

The funding, which includes money from items seized from criminals will be used to bring to life new ideas, initiatives and encourage collaboration with others.

In the years to come the fund will be topped up with some of the money seized from criminal activity under the Proceeds of Crime Act (PoCA), with some recovered funds also going to Northumbria Police to help them target more criminals.

Operation Payback is designed to empower local groups to find solutions to the issues that matter locally.

Applications are welcome from community, charity, social enterprise or voluntary groups from within the Northumbria Police force area and must aim to combat the impact of crime, reduce crime and provide diversionary activities. Projects must cost between £5,000 and £25,000 and must have the ability to spend before March 2022.

How can I apply?

Please telephone the OPCC on 07783363988 to have a discussion with our Commissioning and Policy Team about whether your project might be suitable for this fund.  We will then send you the application form to submit the bid.  Please note our staff are currently working from home; there will be a member of staff available to answer this phone during normal office hours only, which are 8.00am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

For more information, full criteria and terms and conditions click here: – Operation Payback Fund – Application Guidance.

You can also email quoting ‘Operation Payback’ for futher details.