Cash to help tackle arson

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Community groups have just one month left to bid for chunks of cash for projects to help tackle problems with arson.

The £36,000 fund has been set up by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) so local groups can run deliberate fire reduction projects in their own communities.

The fund is designed to support innovation and creativity in communities, helping people to tackle local arson issues, building on the Government’s concept of localism.

Groups and organisations have until June 1 to submit applications to Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, which is managing the one-year pilot scheme on behalf of the Service. A board of CFRS personnel and the Chairman of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority will then choose the most suitable submissions.

Rick Hylton, Area Commander at CFRS, said: “This pilot scheme is a great chance for local people who are embedded in their communities to take a proactive stance and do something to really make a difference to any problems with arson.

“It is about handing control to Cambridgeshire communities and supporting them in initiatives they think will help tackle local issues with deliberate fires.”

Jane Darlington, CEO of Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, said: “Since the fund was announced last month (March) there have been some interesting discussions with community groups that have outlined their ideas with us about projects they would like to run in their area.

“We’ve heard about some creative and engaging ideas from groups and we’re really keen to hear from more potential applicants with enquiries, or to receive their submissions on the application form.”

The money for the scheme has been set aside from the Service’s fire prevention budget.

Any groups or organisations wanting to submit an application for a grant should log onto www.cambsfire.gov.uk or www.cambscf.org.uk to access an online application form.