PCC Festus Akinbusoye

Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Festus Akinbusoye has announced the opening of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Grant Fund for 2022-23.

The Office of The Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has invited community-based partners for a share of the Grant Fund totalling £1.6m.

The fund is split into two key areas; the Ministry of Justice Fund and the Community Safety Fund (CSF) and has been distributed by the OPCC to specific support areas.

Bidding closes at midday on 15 October 2021.

Clare Kelly, chief executive of the OPCC, said:

“The Commissioner is running the process earlier this year so that organisations have a longer lead in time. We are doing this in response to the last 18 months where many organisations have suffered due to the pandemic and would benefit from understanding their financial plans earlier.”

The OPCC said it will be transparent with the process and all partners will have sight of each fund. There will be an open session with the chief executive to conclude the allocation of the funds.

Funds available are as follows:

  • Ministry of Justice (MoJ)
    • Domestic Violence – £497,000
    • Counselling – £20,000
    • Sexual Violence support £90,000
    • Support for victims and witnesses in all other crime types other than Domestic Abuse £270,000
  • Community Safety Fund (CSF)
    • Mental Health £70,000
    • Volunteers £11,000
    • Adult Offender management – £229,000
    • Youth Offender management – £120,000
    • Domestic Abuse offender focus – £60,000
    • Early Intervention £139,000
    • Police and Crime Plan delivery £128,000

Police and Crime Commissioner Festus Akinbusoye said:

“It is through the commissioning of services and awarding of grants that I am able to meet the priorities set out in my Police and Crime Plan.

“I am fully committed to supporting as many services in Bedfordshire as I can and I am grateful to have been allocated these funds for the people of Bedfordshire.

“We have put a real focus on how we, and those we fund, communicate with the people of Bedfordshire, so that everyone is informed about the opportunities and it is a fair service. We also want to ensure bids are sustainable so people aren’t left without support at the end of a grant fund.”

For full details and how to bid visit the OPCC website.