Assets Recovery Community Scheme opened for applications by Department of Justice

The Department of Justice in Northern Ireland is inviting public sector bodies, voluntary and community sector organisations alike to bid for a share of the £700,000 fund made available from recovered criminal assets to help in crime prevention or help reduce the fear of crime in the community.

The 2018-2019 Assets Recovery Community Scheme (ARCS) will result in the total amount of criminal assets distributed to the community reaching £5 million since the scheme began in 2012.

Permanent Secretary Nick Perry CB said: “The Department of Justice strives to help create a community where everyone respects the law and each other. I encourage eligible groups to consider how, working together, we can make best use of this year’s funding. The support available in the Assets Recovery Community Scheme is the result of the successful prosecution and conviction of criminals. Those who disregard the law, cheat and rob victims have no place in our society.”

Law enforcement agencies are continually improving their efforts to identify and confiscate profits and assets gained through illegal activity such as drug dealing, benefit and tax fraud and money laundering. These are criminal profits that might contribute towards further harm in communities if no action was taken.

The Assets Recovery Community Scheme allows monies received from the payment of confiscation orders to be invested into projects tackling crime in communities across Northern Ireland. Organisations applying for funding must clearly demonstrate how they will directly benefit victims, communities or the environment.

Applications are invited from innovative and transformational justice initiatives. Funding will be available for short-term projects and also for longer, strategic interventions up to a maximum of three years.

Applications are particularly invited for projects from voluntary and community organisations.

Further information is available on the application form and the guidance document.

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