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Funding opportunity for projects that cut crime and support victims

07 December 2021

Police and Crime Commissioner, Donna Jones, is inviting applications for funding to support projects that support victims, reduce offending or re-offending and protect the vulnerable from crime and exploitation.

Following the publication of her Police and Crime Plan the Commissioner has launched a grants round for organisations to bid for funding for initiatives that will help deliver the commitments made within the Plan.

The Plan sets out the Commissioner’s nine priorities for policing, including improved outcomes for victims, tackling anti-social behaviour and preventing young people from committing crime. Dealing with high harm crimes, such as knife crimes, rape and homicides 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 our funding page