Ford invites community groups to apply for funding from seized crime assets

Date published: 17 December 2015

Justice Minister David Ford has announced the opening of the latest round of funding applications in the Assets Recovery Community Scheme.

Minister of Justice David Ford
Community groups across Northern Ireland are being invited to apply for the funding.

Community groups across Northern Ireland are being invited to apply for the funding which comes from assets seized from criminals.

David Ford said: “Over £3 million from the Asset Recovery Community Scheme has gone to a wide range of projects since it opened in 2011. This money, which has been taken out of the hands of criminals and returned to the community will make a real difference in supporting those who want to do good for the community instead of inflicting harm and fear.”

Projects which have benefitted from the funding include promoting alcohol awareness, personal safety and those providing early intervention and diversionary activities for young people. There are also schemes helping to make older people feel safer in their homes. Each has the common aim of making Northern Ireland a safer place.

The application form for this year’s competition is available here.It is open to Community Groups and all applications must be submitted through the applicant’s Policing and Community Safety Partnership.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The 2016/17 Assets Recovery Community Scheme is now being launched – it is open to Community Groups who must submit their application through their local Policing and Community Safety Partnership.The deadline for applications is 29 January 2016.
  2. View the guidance and application form here 
  3. Recovering criminal assets is an important focus of the Organised Crime Task Force’s work. Previously the Home Office retained 50% of all criminal assets recovered but following devolution, Justice Minister David Ford negotiated this money for Northern Ireland. The other 50% continues to be distributed to agencies responsible for the recovery of the assets.
  4. It is difficult to predict the level of funding that will be available in the future given changes year to year of assets recovered. The amount distributed each year will therefore vary.
  5. All media enquiries should be directed to the Department of Justice Press Office on 028 9052 6444. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07699 715440 and your call will be returned.

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