A grant fund has been launched by Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, aiming to support projects to help ex-offenders lead crime-free lives, support drug and alcohol dependency programmes and help children avoid serious youth violence.
Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, launched the £170,000 fund this week.
She has also pledged to leave £300,000 available for her successor to run their own projects when they are elected into the role in May 2021, following the postponed 2020 elections.
The grant fund is an annual opportunity to support innovative and collaborative projects across Bedfordshire to help support victims and improve community safety.
“Helping to stop the revolving door back to prison, focussing on the addictions that drive prolific crime…and building on the successful interventions that have driven down serious youth violence in this county…are all my key priorities for the 2020-21 grant process,” explained PCC Holloway.
“I have found myself in circumstances where the election of a new PCC was delayed for a year.
“As a result, I have to deliver business as usual and support key partners and charities to help victims of crime and improve community safety through my normal commissioning process, but I was determined not to restrict my successor to my programme of commissions for what would be one third of his or her term (as the delayed election means the next PCC will serve for three years not five like me).
“As a result, I am setting aside a sizeable amount for them to distribute after coming into office,” said PCC Holloway.
The 2021/22 Grant Fund will be open to applications until Friday 27 November and full details and criteria can be found on the PCC’s website here.
Applications close on Friday 27 November 2020 at 4pm. If bidders have questions, they can contact the OPCC on 01234 842064 or email PCC-Commissioning@Bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk.