The deadline for partnership grants for retailers under the Retail Crime Action Plan (RCAP) has been extended until November 6, 2009 in 18 areas around the UK. The scheme was launched in August with the aim of reducing the risk of crime against retailers in high priority areas.

The partnership scheme - which enables retailers to apply for a grant of £25,000 for neighbourhood security systems - is currently undersubscribed in certain regions, so the RCAP has extended the deadline. More information about the scheme can be found at www.grantsadmin.co.uk/smallretailerscapitalfund or by calling 0845 223 5454.

The 18 areas that groups of retailers can apply for grants are:

North West:
Barrow Borough District Council
Bolton Council
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Wigan Council

North East:
Durham Council (Easington only)
Darlington Borough Council Home
Northumberland Council (Wansbeck only)

East Midlands:
Leicester City Council
City of Lincoln Council
Derby City Council

West Midlands:
Stoke-on-Trent City Council

South East:
Hastings Borough Council
Portsmouth City Council

Wales:
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
City and County of Swansea Council

East:
Norwich City Council

London:
London Borough of Haringey Council