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Supporting Victims Fund 2017-18

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria is launching the third year of the ‘Supporting Victims Fund’ providing support to strengthen and enhance victim services across Northumbria.   The aim of the fund is to build capacity and maximise the potential of organisations to help ensure the improved provision of vital services to support victims of crime and help them cope and recover from the impact.

Victims of crime can be of any age, gender, race or sexual orientation and can be vulnerable due to these characteristics or other factors such as a disability, their mental health, religion/belief or the type and nature of the crime committed.  In Northumbria we are striving to ensure that victims with the greatest need have access to support that is tailored to meet their needs and help them to best cope and recover.  We want to ensure that victims of crime feel confident to seek help when they need it and when they do, the right type of support is available to them.

The fund is managed by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria and is in place to support work across the Northumbria area, including the local authority areas of Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

Organisations can apply for funding individually or in partnership with other organisations.  Where partnership applications are submitted a clear lead applicant will be needed.  The fund is open to a wide range of voluntary and community sector organisations, local partnerships, youth offending teams and charitable organisations.

Victims First has been established in Northumbria to deliver a coordinated approach to victim care and the PCC Supporting Victims Fund has been established to enhance and strengthen our overall offer to victims in Northumbria.

Grant themes

We particularly welcome applications that provide support to those most vulnerable in our society who under the Victims Code of Practice are entitled to enhanced support – taking this into consideration and what we understand to be the most vulnerable victims in Northumbria we have identified the following grant themes:

  • Young people under 18
  • Domestic and sexual violence and abuse
  • Victims of hate crime
  • Victims with mental health needs

Further information about the grant themes and some of the key issues and demand for provision is provided in the overview and funding priorities document.

Key dates

  • The deadline for applications is 2nd February 2017
  • Assessments will take place immediately after this date
  • Organisations will be informed of the outcome in mid-February
  • Services and projects must be ready to begin from 1st April 2017

Making an application

There are four key documents you should read carefully before making an application. These documents can be accessed by clicking on the links below in red.

  1. Overview and funding priorities
  2. Fund Guidance – information about the fund
  3. Guidance notes for completing the application – tips on howto fill in the applicationform and the information you need to provide
  4. Assessment Criteria – The key things we are looking for in a successful application

An application form can be downloaded here

If you would like any further information or advice please contact Rachel Snaith at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on or 0191 221 9800.  Please return all completed applications to Amy Robson, Business Administration Apprentice at the OPCC,  by 2nd February 2017.

Please note that this opportunity is dependent on confirmation of Ministry of Justice funding that we are expecting shortly. 

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