Victims Fund

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner's Victims Fund

 

Grant Criteria and Process for specialist services

 

Background Information

Local Police and Crime Commissioners are responsible for commissioning support services for victims of crime in their area. This follows the Government consultation 'Getting it Right for Victims and Witnesses' and recognises that whilst all victims must have clear expectations about how they will be treated and the support on offer, local services must have flexibility to meet the different and changing needs.

For 2017-18 the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, David Jamieson, has been allocated funding by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to commission victim services, including restorative justice.  Services commissioned by the PCC will form part of a varied network of support that exists for victims across the West Midlands, funded by other commissioners and through charitable donation.

 

The Police and Crime Commissioner must ensure funding is spent on:

The Police and Crime Commissioner will work with all organisations, from the community safety and criminal justice sectors, to voluntary and community groups, to ensure the needs of victims are met through improved services, with duplication avoided.

 

How to Apply

Applications will be first considered by a panel consisting of the Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, Strategic Police and Crime Board member with responsibility for victims and a senior officer from the OPCC.

The panel will consider the information supplied by the applicant and how well the project meets the criteria. The recommendation made by the panel will be submitted to the Police and Crime Commissioner for consideration. It is possible the Commissioner may want to meet with organisations to discuss the bid further.

Successful bids will be processed and all grants will come with conditions to ensure both sides understand the agreed outcomes. Successful bids will be required to provide evidence of spend and the outcomes of the service at agreed points in the year.

 

Grants available

Voluntary and community organisations are invited to apply for grant funding to deliver specialist services designed to help victims cope with the immediate impact of crime and recover, as far possible, from the harm experienced.  The PCC has determined the maximum amount for projects is £15,000, however he does have the discretion to  make larger awards to outstanding bids. Costings need to be realistic and will be subject to significant scrutiny. 

 

Criteria

In order to comply with the requirement in the Victims' Directive, services commissioned or provided by the Police and Crime Commissioner must be in the interests of the victim and 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
  • Available before, during and for an appropriate time after any investigation or criminal proceedings

Grant applications should also show:

  • Clear timescales
  • A baseline position and intended outcomes that fit with the eight categories of need (with measures)
  • What additional resources (people or money) are available from partners to complement any awarded resources by the Police and Crime Commissioner
  • If this is a one off project or not. If the bid looks for pump priming the bid should show how funding will be sustained afterwards
  • Clear performance management processes

 

Monitoring and Evaluation

Successful bidders will be asked to report periodically throughout the year demonstrating the outcomes of the service, how they have worked with victims and how the money has been spent. The report should include:

  • How the money was spent and on what
  • The outcomes of the project, with evidence
  • Any victim engagement through the project and on-going, if applicable
  • Evidence of spend (statement of accounts) and information if there are any remaining balances including how this money will be repaid

As funding is public money, successful applicants may be asked to provide additional information for audit purposes.

Deadline for applications

Funding rounds for the financial year of 2017-18 will be held on one occasion only.  The submission deadline will be 5 pm on Monday 5th June 2017. Late applications will not be considered. Please read the application carefully as failure to submit requested finance information and safeguarding and data protection policies may lead to your application being unsuccessful.

 

Please make sure that you attach:

  • Redacted bank statement
  • Audited accounts / Unaudited accounts depending on Organisation status
  • Vulnerable adult and child safeguarding policies
  • Data protection policy
  • Equality & Diversity Policy

The Panel will meet to consider applications week commencing 19th June 2017. Applicants will be notified as to the outcome of their application week commencing 26th June 2017.

If you have been successful in accessing funding from the OPCC on a previous occasion, it is unlikely that you will receive funding again for the same project.

You may apply again if you are applying for funding for a significantly different project.

The priorities discussed in the Police & Crime Plan are:

• Volume Crime

• Domestic abuse

• Sexual abuse

• Hate crime

• Female genital mutilation (FGM)

• Forced marriage and honour based violence

• Modern slavery

• Support services for children and young people

• Fatal road traffic collisions

• Child sexual exploitation

 

A copy of the new Police and Crime Plan, Your Police, Your Priorities is here .