£1.6m grant pot open to applications for anti-crime projects in Bedfordshire

Community organisations have been invited to apply for a slice of a £1.6m grant pot to prevent offending, protect communities, and support victims of crime.

The grant fund for 2019/20 has been launched by Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, who is combining a grant from the Ministry of Justice and with funding from the Bedfordshire Police force budget.

Commissioner Holloway said she is “particularly interested in projects from within communities themselves rather than all the ‘usual suspects’ to tackle gang, gun and knife crime.”

She also supports “the principle of early intervention with very young children to help them become more resilient and go on to play a full part in society if faced with all the adverse early experiences including living in households where there is domestic abuse, drug and alcohol addiction and poverty where their development is neglected,”

Mrs Holloway added: “My office will help with advice if people have never applied for a grant like this before and the grant can be for any sum from £50 to £50,000 if the idea and evidence are good enough.

“Where established organisations are concerned, I will fund projects where I am not the only one making the investment since properly joined up working means more than one organisation putting its hands in its pockets and developing a service together,” said the PCC.

The PCC’s Commissioning Fund is now open and details can be found in the Campaigns and Initiatives section of the OPCC website, www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk under Funding Opportunities. Applications close on Friday January 11 2019 at 5pm. If you have any questions, contact the OPCC on 01234 842064 or email PCC-Commissioning@Bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk.