Vera Baird

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Commissioning Services and Grants

Grants 2018/19

From the 1st April 2015 as Police and Crime Commissioner I became responsible for providing key emotional and practical support services for victims of crime in Northumbria.  Crime can leave victims feeling upset, scared and intimidated and it was felt by the Government that PCCs with their local knowledge are best placed to target funding where it is most needed in their local communities.

Funding is provided on an annual basis by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to support work with victims of crime and their families.  I receive this allocation based on a population formula, which in Northumbria means a grant of £1,679,018, I received notification of this in December 2017 with the expectation that services would be provided from 1st April and all spend complete by 31st March 2019. 

In addition to the MoJ funding allocation specifically for victims of crime, I can also make grants as outlined in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2012 to contribute to securing crime and disorder reduction in the area.   

The main focus of the PCCs grants programme 2018-19 is to support the Police and Crime Plan objectives ‘putting victims first’, ‘reducing ASB’ and ‘building community confidence’. 

We have developed policy direction based on an assessment of need and selected the most appropriate delivery mechanism for top quality provision in a cost effective way.

Information on each of the grants and awards made as part of my 2018-19 programme can be found below:

Commissioners Community Fund 2018/19 – Now Open

Groups supporting their neighbourhoods and communities are asked to apply for money from the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund.

Launched by Dame Vera Baird, the 2018/19 the fund is available to groups for activities or projects supporting key priorities in the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan which are:

  • Reducing anti-social behaviour
  • Promoting crime prevention
  • Building community confidence

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to charities, voluntary groups, community groups and social enterprises throughout Sunderland, South Tyneside, Gateshead, North Tyneside, Newcastle or Northumberland.

To apply for the grant groups should submit an application form saying what they want to achieve from the project and how it specifically supports the priorities within the Police and Crime Plan.

Information in relation to the fund can be obtained by clicking on the links below:

Application Form

Guidance Document

Terms and Conditions

Please note that completed applications should be received by no later than 5pm on Sunday 20th May 2018 and sent by email to [email protected]


Victims First Northumbria

£777,391 has been awarded to the charity Victims First, which has completely revitalised the victim referral process and service for victims of crime in Northumbria.  Victims First Northumbria enable victims of crime and their family to cope and recover from the impact of crime.  

The support provided to all victims, both who report to the police and those who do not will be offered support that generally falls into four broad categories;

  • Initial emotional and practical support including signposting
  • More detailed/longer term emotional and practical support including restorative justice and support through-out a court process
  • Support and referral to existing specialist services that can help a victim cope and recover
  • Referrals to victim services commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner

You can find out more about the Victims First service by visiting their website

Strengthening Specialist Victim Services

The PCCs Supporting Victims Fund was launched in 2015-16 to strengthen the overall offer of support to victims in Northumbria and improves and widens the services available to our most vulnerable and priority victims.  Priority victims are those that are entitled to an enhanced support service under the Victims Code of Practice, Victims Charter and the EU Directive for Victims of Crime. 

My assessment for the 2018-19 year builds on our understanding of services, demand and need since 2015 and is based upon Northumbria wide and local strategic assessments identifying levels of crime, new and emerging crimes, issues facing our area where victim needs may arise and also local research and consultation with victims groups, community safety partnerships and service providers.

The key priority victims groups remain the same this year as last year with the addition of “victims with other vulnerabilities”; updating the areas that we are seeking to support in line with the changing needs of victims and our understanding of local service provision.  The priority victim groups are detailed below.

  • Domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • Victims under 18
  • Victims of hate crime
  • Victims with mental health needs and those who are vulnerable due to risk of abuse/harm
  • Victims with other vulnerabilities


A range of grant awards have been made as part of the PCCs Supporting Victims Fund, which was an extremely competitive process.  You can view the organisations and groups that i will be supporting in 2018/19 by clicking on the following link Supporting Victims Fund Grants Awarded 2018-19

You can view the terms and conditions of the Supporting Victims Fund grants by clicking on the following link Terms and Conditions 2018-19

Other Grants and Awards

In addition to the above grants I have also supported several other projects that help to drive delivery of priorities as outlined in my Police and Crime Plan.

Anti-Social Behaviour Volunteer Network – In 2014-15 North Tyneside Council was financially supported to launch their ‘volunteer victim support group’ to support victims of anti-social behaviour to cope and recover following an incident or sustained attacks.  The project proved successful with a high demand for the service and 16 ASB Volunteers fully trained to support those in need.  In 2016-17 I supported all areas to introduce similar schemes to strengthen the support available for victims of ASB and as last year, to ensure that this support continues at a local level, a grant of £5,000 has been awarded this year to each of the five local authorities that have taken part in the scheme. Unfortunately Northumberland is unable to continue with the project. 

Monitoring and evaluation – All grants have been provided with the agreement that output and outcome monitoring information will be provided quarterly with regular ‘grant surgeries’ to discuss performance and practical delivery to ensure the work delivered through the grant meets expectations.  A summary impact of the OPCC grants programme will be reported in my Annual Report 2018-19.





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