Commissioner Holloway has focused this, her first round of grant funding, on projects supporting vulnerable victims.
With a funding pot of £449,392 to allocate Ms Holloway has announced her intention to invest it on projects that fill gaps in existing support for victims of different types of abuse in Bedfordshire.
She said: “Abuse in any form is unacceptable and all too often it is focussed on the most vulnerable in our society, leaving victims highly traumatised and struggling to move forward with their lives. There is a danger that abuse then becomes a vicious circle with repeat victimisation simply because the right support isn’t available.”
The Commissioner’s priorities for awarding this funding will focus particularly on refuge provision for those fleeing domestic abuse and support for victims of domestic abuse; play therapy and counselling for victims of child sexual exploitation; youth-oriented projects to combat online bullying and gang related violence and vulnerable victims of sexual abuse and female genital mutilation (FGM).
Ms Holloway continued: “It’s vital to provide the type of help that’s needed in our county and I want to see a range of support available which is easily accessible for the most vulnerable to help them to cope and recover and rebuild whole lives.
“I’m particularly keen to hear from innovative projects which will help to bridge the gaps in existing services and I am keen to advertise these funds widely so more organisations are aware of them.”
The full criteria which applicants must fulfil and a specification is available at www.bedspcc.org. All projects must be completed during this financial year.
In the interests of total transparency and impartiality, instead of these grants being awarded at the discretion of the Commissioner, the Commissioner will convene a selection panel to assess applications and presentations will be required.
Closing date for applications is 20 June 2016.