SOUTH Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has launched the first round of funding for his 2013 Commissioner Grant Scheme.

Shaun Wright said the scheme provides funds for community projects that tackle policing priorities.

Non-profit voluntary and community organisations throughout South Yorkshire are being encouraged to apply for a grant from £10,000 up to £50,000 to help towards their projects.

Later funding rounds scheduled to open in April and again in the autumn will support smaller projects awarding from £1 to £10,000.

In order to be considered, the projects must target either to protect people from crime, to reduce anti-social behaviour, prevent re-offending, or ensuring victims and witnesses receive post-case help.

Commissioner Wright, said: “I know what vital services voluntary groups provide in our communities while relying on support from the public. These groups often suffer most in these harsh economic times and I want to help them continue their valuable work. I am investing to fund projects in our communities that make a real difference”