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Commissioner's Community Fund supports victims of crime

Commissioner’s Community Fund supports victims of crime

Organisations that provide support to victims of crime are being invited to make bids for the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund (CCF).
 
In addition to projects or services that support the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan for Hertfordshire (Everybody’s Business), initiatives that aim to help victims are now eligible for specific funding from the CCF.  The deadline for bids is 18th May 2014 so there is still time to put in an application. 
 
Commissioner Lloyd said: “I am very keen to play my part in ensuing that victims of crime get the support, help and advice they need. 
 
“Not everyone feels confident reporting a crime that has happened to them but that doesn’t mean that help should not be available to them. I want to encourage more people to offer a meaningful and sympathetic service that meets the needs of victims – and I can help them by offering financial assistance.”
 
Criteria for innovative proposals to the CCF are those that:
 
develop the capacity and capability of providers to offer support to victims (for example through training, conferences, identifying local needs and opportunities, infrastructure development). The proposal cannot be a grant for direct service delivery.
make a real difference to victims
have clearly defined outputs
deliver sustainable benefits which will continue beyond the life of the funding, is realistically deliverable within the financial year, and financially viable.

CCF has already funded £10,000 towards a countywide service supporting the victims of sexual and domestic, run by Herts Women’s Centre and £5,000 for Watford Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Centre to help pay for countywide support for men who have been sexually abused either as a child or as an adult. Last year South Hill Centre in Hemel Hempstead was awarded £5,720 for a crèche at their community hub where victims of crime are given support. 
 
A form is available online now for bids which need to be submitted by 18th May for consideration. Direct link to webpage and application form: http://hertscommissioner.org/my_plan/community_fund.aspx
 
You can read the full Police and Crime Plan, Everybody’s Business, here  to see if your idea, group or business might qualify for funding. More information on the Fund is available on the Commissioner’s website at http://www.hertscommissioner.org/
 
If you are unable to submit your bid via the internet, please contact Commissioner Lloyd’s office on 01707 806100 or by post to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 4GZ. 
 
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