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Supporting Victims Fund 2018/19 – FUND NOW CLOSED

Dame Vera Baird QC, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria is launching the fourth ‘Supporting Victims Fund’ 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
  • Other vulnerabilities

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 5pm, 8th January 2018
  • Assessments will take place immediately after this date 
  • Organisations will be informed of the outcome in February 2018
  • Services and projects must be ready to begin from 1st April 2018

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.  

Grants 2017/2018

This page tells you all about the grants and awards I have made in 2017-18 to help deliver priorities in my Police and Crime Plan.

From the 1st April 2015 Police and Crime Commissioners were made responsible for providing key emotional and practical support services for victims of crime in their locality.  Funding to support this is provided by the Ministry of Justice through an allocation based on a population formula which in Northumbria means a grant of £1,685,018

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 the help is most needed.

In addition to this avenue of funding PCCs can make grants as outlined in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2012 to contribute to securing crime and disorder reduction in their area.  I have set aside savings made from my own office costs to make the overall grants programme possible this year.

The main focus of the PCCs grants programme 2017-18 is to support the Police and Crime Plan objectives ‘putting victims first’, ‘reducing ASB’ and ‘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 2016-17 programme can be found below:

Victims First Northumbria

£798,402 has been awarded to Victims First, completely revitalising the victim referral process and services for victims of crime in Northumbria. Victims First Northumbria enables all victims of crime, direct and indirect such as parents, siblings, children and partners to cope and recover from the impact of crime.

Victims First Northumbria provides a ‘one stop shop’ for victim services.  The service 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
  • Support and referral to existing specialist services that can help a victim cope and recover
  • Referral to victim services commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)

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

Strengthening Specialist Victim Services – Supporting Victims Fund

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.

To find out about the key themes of the fund and guidance provided to local providers please click here

To find out about the fund guidance please click here

Our assessment in 2017-18 builds on our understanding of services, projects and demands and needs in year 1 and 2 is based upon Northumbria wide and local strategic assessments identifying levels of crime and any new and emerging crimes and issues facing our area where victim needs may arise and also local research and consultation with victims groups and service providers.

The four key priority victims groups remain the same this year but key areas that we are seeking to support have been updated in line with the changing needs of victims and our understanding of local service provision:

  • 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

A range of grant awards have been made as part of the PCCs Supporting Victims Fund, which was an extremely detailed and competitive process.  You can view the organisations I have supported during 2017-18 here

You can view the terms and conditions of the Supporting Victims Fund grants by clicking here

Commissioner’s Community Fund 2017-18

Please note that the Commissioners Community Fund is now CLOSED 

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

Launched by Dame Vera Baird, the 2017/18 the fund was 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 was available to charities, voluntary groups, community groups and social enterprises throughout Sunderland, South Tyneside, Gateshead, North Tyneside, Newcastle or Northumberland.

You can view the terms and conditions of the Community fund by clicking here

You can view the groups that i have funded during 2017/18 by clicking here here

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 2015-16 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 to each local authority.

Monitoring and Evaluation

All grants have been provided with the agreement that output and outcome monitoring information will be provided quarterly with open surgeries to discuss performance and practical delivery to ensure the work delivered through the grant meets expectations.  The OPCC grants programme will be evaluated and a summary reported in the PCCs Annual Report 2017-18 in summer 2018.

If you would like to find out more information about my grants programme this year please don’t hesitate to contact my office at




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