Video: Cash Back Programme Provides $140,000

June 8, 2016

As part of the Cash Back for Communities initiative, the Minister of National Security Jeffrey Baron presented $140,000 in funds to nine local organizations that are doing good works in the community.

The Cash Back for Communities initiative takes the proceeds of crime, seized by law enforcement, and converts that cash into grants to community organizations.

The recipients were:

  • Bermuda Pacers Track Club – $10,000
  • North Village Community Club – $10,000
  • Western Stars Sports Club – $10,000
  • Pembroke Hamilton Club [PHC] – $10,000
  • TROIKA Bermuda – $10,000
  • CrimeStoppers – $10,000
  • C.A.R.E. Learning Centre – $15,000
  • Lorraine Rest Home – $15,000
  • The Family Centre – $50,000

 Minister Baron [centre] and recipients of the Cash Back for Communities initiative.

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Speaking at the presentation, Minister Baron said, “Strong neighbourhoods build strong communities.

“Since 2013 this Government has laid a strong foundation on which to build consistent support for neighbourhood institutions and entities that work with families to promote positive lifestyle choices.

“The ‘Cash Back for Communities’ initiative takes the proceeds of crime, seized by law enforcement, and converts that cash into grants to community organizations.

“There are other, important statutory demands on these confiscated assets, but once those demands are met, this Government is determined to assist as many worthy community causes as possible.

“Today, I am joined by representatives of a cross section of Bermuda’s community organizations. These men and women sacrifice countless house to train, nurture and care for young people, seniors and families.

“From sports clubs who promote leadership and good judgment though sports; to the Family Centre who provide a significant safety net for families; to those who care for our seniors; Bermuda is well served through this commitment and dedication.

“Before I make the presentations, let me thank the Premier who, as this Government’s first Minister of National Security, led this initiative and brought his characteristic energy to the process.

“I should also thank my colleagues the Minister of Finance and the Attorney General who have statutory responsibility for the Confiscated Assets Fund; and of course the men and women of the Bermuda Police Service whose hard work makes all of this possible.

“I am confident that these grants will help continue the vital work these organisations do every day in a community.”

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  1. Curious says:

    This is happening more and more under the OBA.

    How much of the seized assets are distributed back into community groups and how often?

    How do charities qualify for funds, what is the criteria and who is involved in the allocation decisions?

    Where do you find out the details of how this funding process works?

    • The answer to the question is on the other end of a phone, just call to any of the above mentioned…By the way, that is not Minister Baron in the center but it is him in the other photo below.

  2. San George says:

    Buying votes. Seized from your people on some trumped-up charge and used to buy your votes. God help you people.

  3. Huh says:

    Great point.. How are these organizations selcted? Congrats to them, but how do other community organizations apply?

  4. Da Truth says:

    It happened just as much under the PLP. The OBA have repackaged it. Legislated it and given it more exposure. But they haven’t advised everyone how they can take advantage of the program.

    • San George says:

      How about Sheila Cooper – looks very biased to me. How come they get everything. C’mon man!

    • Double S says:

      No it didn’t

      As you said the OBA put in legislation allowing for this to happen.

    • Its me again says:

      Its not for everyone im super suprised to see football clubs on the list.

      Government gives no rocks about football