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PCC launches Grant Fund to help victims, prevent crime and build community safety in Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has today (Wednesday 3 January 2018) launched her Grant Fund for 2018/19 and is inviting applications for her to help pay for projects which prevent offending, protect communities and support victims of crime to cope, recover and move forward.

The PCC’s Grant Fund is created by combining a grant from the Ministry of Justice and funding from the Bedfordshire Police Force budget which produces a flexible and accessible grant opportunity aimed at promoting innovative and collaborative working across Bedfordshire. 

“I particularly want to spread the news of my commissioning 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. 

For the first time, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) will be holding Commissioning Surgeries to give potential applicants the opportunity to meet with staff, designed to help applicants fully understand the Commissioner’s priorities and identify opportunities for joint-working and funding help. 

Last year the majority of the PCC’s commissioning funds were distributed to multiple organisations supporting victims of Domestic Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation and other crimes against women and children such as Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage. The largest single grant went to support the hugely successful Mental Health Street Triage project with a police officer, mental health nurse and paramedic manning a single vehicle to attend those in mental health crisis, threatening to harm themselves or others, to keep them out of custody and provide a pathway to more appropriate care. The service also cut by half the number of so-called ’sections’ to hospital by police officers handling such cases alone, without access to medical notes or the clinical qualification to make such judgments.

In 2016-17, Commissioner Holloway also funded organisations such as the Anne Frank Trust to work in schools across the county to combat prejudice by teaching the story of Anne Frank and the impact of hate crime. The Restorative Justice programme was also funded by the Commissioner, which has allowed victims the opportunity to meet with the person who carried out the crime against them, giving them a voice and a chance to ask questions that would otherwise go unanswered, as well as allowing the offender to understand the impact of their crime in full with a view to preventing reoffending. 

“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 take advantage of our Commissioning Surgeries and apply to my fund. It's an opportunity to meet my staff and fully understand what I’m looking to fund and how best to complete your application,” said the PCC.

The Commissioning Fund is now open and details can be found in the Campaigns and Initiatives section under Funding Opportunities. Applications close on Monday 19 February 2018 at 5pm. Commissioning Surgeries will be held in January on the 11th, 12th and 15th. To apply to attend please contact the OPCC on
01234 842064 or email PCC-Commissioning@Bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk.