Commissioning and Grants
The Police and Crime Commissioner awards funding to people or organisations in the county who contribute to the delivery of the objectives set out in the Police and Crime Plan 2021-24. Broadly this falls into two areas:
- to contribute to the reduction of crime and disorder
- to fulfil their responsibility to ensure the provision of support services for victims of crime.
The Police and Reform and Social Responsibility Act gives PCCs the power to award ‘Crime and Disorder Reduction’ grants with any conditions.
The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 Section 143 gives a ‘local policing body’ power to provide or commission services or grant (subject to any conditions).
The approach in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is guided by a set of key principles, which are set out in the Commissioning and Grants Strategy (below). These are underpinned by the ‘Understand, Plan, Do, Review’ Commissioning Model. A regularly updated Victim and Offender Needs Assessment and various thematic needs assessments provide concrete evidence bases from which commissioning decisions are made. All services are subject to appropriate and proportionate outcome monitoring arrangements. In 2021/22 a total of 75 separate funding awards were made from the following funds:
Police and Crime Commissioners are responsible for commissioning local support services for all victims of crime.
The Ministry of Justice provides Commissioners with a grant each year to enable services which best meet the needs of local victims of crime to be put in place. Central government regularly releases opportunities to bid for additional funding for specific purposes. These proposals are always developed in partnership but often led by the Commissioner’s office. Find a list of all Victim Services’ awards.
In Cambridgeshire, Crime and Disorder Reduction awards fund contributions to: statutory partnership arrangements, work that is proven to reduce crime and disorder (and is the police’s statutory responsibility), initiatives which enable delivery of the Police and Crime Plan and/or reduce police demand. See a list of all awards.
This reserve supports the delivery of the Vision Zero Road Safety Strategy through funding educational and preventative road safety initiatives. Find a list of all Casualty Reduction and Support awards.
A number of small grants are awarded each year from the Youth Fund. You can find out how to apply by clicking here to view the dedicated page. See a list of awards.
The new Communities Fund has been set up to enable the problem-solving arm of Community Safety Partnerships to quickly and visibly respond to issues of local concern. Small bids will only be accepted from the Problem Solving Co-ordinator. Examples could include funding for days of action, clearing up fly tipping on private land or kick-starting environmental improvements to reduce anti-social behaviour.