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Funding opportunity for projects that cut crime and support victims

Donna Jones has launched a new fund for projects that support victims, reduce offending or re-offending and protect the vulnerable from crime and exploitation.

The Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner and former Leader of Portsmouth City Council is inviting funding bids from organisations that will help deliver the commitments made within her Police and Crime Plan

What makes this scheme special is that Donna is specifically looking for proposals that cover more than the usual one year: a way to give organisations and victims certainty and continuity and the ability to plan ahead.

The Plan sets out the Commissioner’s nine priorities:

  1. 600 more police officers by 2023
  2. Improve police visibility
  3. Tackle antisocial behaviour
  4. Make it easier to report crime on 101
  5. Prevent young people from committing crime
  6. Zero tolerance for knife crime
  7. Crack down on unauthorised encampments
  8. Improved outcomes for victims
  9. Target rural crime

Dealing with high harm crimes, such as knife crimes, rape and murder will remain the highest priorities for Hampshire Constabulary.

Donna Jones said: “While my number one priority is to put more officers on the streets, helping people to be and feel safer takes more than just the police.

“The work of organisations who support victims, work with offenders and provide education and interventions to stop people from being exploited or engaging in criminal behaviour, is vital in the fight against crime and to help victims of crime recover.

“Over the last few months I have met many partners to learn more about the services they provide and to hear first-hand about the difference their work makes to people’s lives. I have listened to the challenges that they face, and heard that a major issue is financial uncertainty due to short term funding. I have, as a result, taken the decision to offer grants that cover a longer time period than the one year that grants are traditionally available for. This will not only give the organisations greater certainty, but also help to ensure consistency for the vulnerable individuals they support.

“In terms of projects, I am looking for new and innovative ideas alongside the development of those that are proven are to work. I am also particularly keen to receive applications for projects that combat gang culture, knife crime, teenage stabbings and robbery as these are areas where I feel greater focus is needed.”

The grants round is now open for applications until 13:00 on Friday 14th January. Applications are for up to £40,000 per year (£30,000 for 1 July 2022 to 31 March 2023 pro rata). The funding period will be from 1 July 2022 until 31 March 2024, with an option for an additional 12 months funding for projects that are performing well and that there is still a strategic need for.

For further information visit the funding page.

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