Commissioning and Grants
Police and Crime Commissioners ‘commission’ or grant fund services for two main reasons:
- to contribute to the reduction of crime and disorder; and
- 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 2020/21 a total of 80 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 – details of these funds are available on the Victims Section. You can also find a list of all Victim Services’ awards made here.
In Cambridgeshire Crime and Disorder Reduction awards fund contributions to: statutory partnership arrangements, services to support vulnerable people and early intervention and prevention. You can find a list of all awards made here.
A number of small grants are awarded each year from the Youth and Community Fund. These awards are made according to a locally agreed Small Grants Process which is available here to view and will in future form part of the revised Commissioning and Grants Strategy. You can find a list of all awards made here.