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One month left to apply for PCC's Grant Fund
At the start of the year (Wednesday 3 January 2018), Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, launched the Grant Fund for the 2018/19 application process for those who run projects which prevent offending, protect communities and support victims of crime to cope, recover and move forward.

There is now just one month left to apply for the PCC’s Grant Fund which is created by combining a grant from the Ministry of Justice and funding from the Bedfordshire Police Force budget producing a flexible and accessible grant opportunity aimed at promoting innovative and collaborative working across Bedfordshire. 

“I particularly want to spread the news of my Grant Fund as widely as possible so that those who have never applied to me before for funding get an equal opportunity to do so whether they are single individuals with a brilliant idea, voluntary groups or established partners. Applications are also invited from within Bedfordshire Police for innovative ideas to help victims, stop crime and protect our communities,” said Commissioner Holloway.

“I am asking this year for every single organisation or person who applies to me for cash help to demonstrate how their project both reduces demand on Bedfordshire Police and builds confidence in the Force. 

“I am particularly interested this year in projects which help to reduce knife crime and gang involvement. I am extremely interested too in projects which help to give a better start to young children to help avoid a future life of crime. I continue to wish to help to protect those at risk of Domestic Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation and also victims of largely hidden crimes, like hate crime and forced marriage,” added the Commissioner. 

In 2016-17, Commissioner Holloway funded organisations such as the Safer London Foundation which enabled them to broaden their reach and work with frontline services in Bedfordshire to safeguard more children and vulnerable adults from county lines.

“Keeping frontline workers abreast of the exploitative tactics of groups involved in drugs trafficking and child sexual exploitation is vital and the funding from the OPPC has helped us do just that through the training sessions we have delivered across Bedfordshire in partnership with the local community safety partners and the local safeguarding boards,” said Sarah Castro MBE, Director of Development and External Affairs at the Safer London Foundation.

The Road Victims Trust is a charity that has been working closely with the OPCC for many years to support those who have been affected by fatal road collisions and also receives funding from the Grant Fund.

“I am very happy to say that with the support of Commissioner Holloway and her office, the Road Victims Trust has been able to provide support to hundreds of people from Bedfordshire. The money we received has gone di7rectly to the victims who needed our support following road deaths. That simply wouldn’t have been possible without the support and understanding of the OPCC and we have been able to strengthen our relationship with Bedfordshire Police too,” said Mark Turner, Chief Executive of the Road Victims Trust.

“I am delighted with the impact made by so many of the organisations I have funded which have made a real difference to people in Bedfordshire. I want to make sure that success continues and would like to encourage anyone who thinks they have an idea or a project that could make a real difference to apply to my fund,” added the PCC.

Details for the Grant Fund can be found on the OPCC website in the Campaigns and Initiatives section under Funding Opportunities. Applications close on Monday 19 February 2018 at 5pm. For further information please contact the OPCC on
01234 842064 or email PCC-Commissioning@Bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk.