The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has made funding awards to two good causes from cash confiscated from fines imposed on rogue private security companies convicted of criminal offences.
The SIA recipients have been named as Young Enterprise and 1000 Black Boys, both different organisations but buth aimed at improving the lives of young people. .
According to the SIA:
- Young Enterprise gets a total of £7,599.16 for its Learn to Earn programme being rolled out in Manchester, Greater Manchester and West Midlands. It’s the second consecutive year that the SIA has supported this charity.
- 1000 Black Boys CIC receives a total of £10,000 to fully fund the enterprise as the fund will positively impact the lives and provide opportunities and role models to teenagers who are most likely to be victims of knife crime or youth violence in London.
Pete Easterbrook, Head of Criminal Enforcement and Chair of the SIA grants panel said: “Put simply, if people commit an offence in the private security industry; the SIA will find them, prosecute them and where significant financial benefit has been reached by the offender, will use its financial investigation powers to pursue them for reparations under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA).
“In the 2022 to 2023 financial year, we were awarded £17,599.16 confiscated from people who committed crimes in the private security industry. The grant for good causes demonstrates that crime really doesn’t pay. We are investing the money into two worthy causes who are committed to supporting young people.”
Organisations are eligible to apply if they are a registered charity or not for profit organisations and are able to clearly demonstrate the positive impact of the grant to public protection.
Want to get involved? Go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/learn-about-the-sia-grant-for-good-causes