OPCC holds panels to allocate £1.6 million Grant Fund Image: PCC Office

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to allocate £1.6 million Grant Fund

Panels set up by Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Kathryn Holloway, have been reviewing presentations from applicants for the 2019/20 PCC Grant Fund. The £1.6 million Grant Fund is to help victims and reduce crime in Bedfordshire over the next year.

This year, there were 85 applications for the Fund, totalling more than £3.8million.

Each applicant had an hour to present their application to the panels. These panels were made up of experts and residents from across the county.

They included safeguarding experts from local authorities, organisations and charities across Bedfordshire.

The Office of the PCC will now be reviewing the feedback from the panels and the presentations. The aim is to name the successful applicants in March.

Last year’s fund allocation included grants to support domestic abuse victims

Last year, the PCC funded a service for all victims of crime in Bedfordshire, called Signpost. This free and confidential service is a one-stop-shop for all the information a victim of crime needs to know.

The PCC also commissioned multiple organisations supporting victims of domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation and other crimes against women and children, such as female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

The PCC’s Grant Fund is created by combining a grant from the Ministry of Justice and funding from the Bedfordshire Police force budget.