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Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner's Grant Fund 2017/2018

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)’s Grant Fund seeks to support organisations and projects whose work helps to prevent offending, protect communities and support victims of crime to cope, recover and move forward.

The Grant Fund will be created by combining a grant from the Ministry of Justice and funding taken from the Bedfordshire Police Force budget.  This will create a single, flexible and accessible grant opportunity that promotes innovative and collaborative working across Bedfordshire. 

The total funds available for 2017/18 are expected to be finalised in March 2017.

To ensure organisations have sufficient time to prepare bids for 2017/18, the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC) is now encouraging applications from projects which support cross-cutting themes within the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan.  These include activities to protect the vulnerable, tackle hidden harm and prevent crime, with a particular emphasis on the following key areas:

  • Violence Against Women and Girls – for example; domestic abuse, serious sexual violence, or female genital mutilation.
  • Youth at risk – for example; trauma reduction, child sexual exploitation, gang related violence and bullying.
  • New or innovative projects – for example; work linked to cyber-crime, work with the elderly, human trafficking, modern day slavery, new crime trends, work with emerging hard-to-reach or hidden victims.
  • Capacity building to improve strength and resilience in the sector – for example; multi-agency training, partnership development and sustainability.
To support our partners and to promote sustainability, we are considering funding some projects over a three-year period. Three-year funding will be dependent on the level of monies allocated by the Police and Crime Commissioner, the quality of bids provided and services delivered.

All projects will be subject to the reporting and assurance measures, as set out in the accompanying guidance document.

To receive funding, projects will need to meet all delivery targets as specified with any grant agreement.

To meet the needs of all victims and to encourage variety, innovation and efficiency organisations and projects are invited to make applications within the following funding bands:

  • £0 - £1,999
  • £2,000 - £4,999
  • £5,000 - £19,999
  • £20,000 - £49,999
  • £50,000 +
Bids for funding will be assessed against the following key criteria:

  • Compliance with the EU Victims Directive - services must be free of charge,confidential, non-discriminatory (including being available to all regardless of residence status, nationality or citizenship), available whether or not a crime has been reported to the police, and available before, during and - for an appropriate time, after any investigation or criminal proceedings.
  • An ability to spend in 2017/18 -all bids for funding from the PCC Grant Fund will need to demonstrate that the organisation or partnership will be able to spend monies awarded within the 2017/18 financial year - 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.
  • An ability to demonstrate innovative and collaborative working across the county of Bedfordshire.
  • An ability to comply with and meet the monitoring requirements, as agreed with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Please note that the Police and Crime Commissioner's Grant Fund for 2017/2018 is now closed to applications. Details of successful organisations will be released in due course.