A CASH BOOST is available organisations that support victims of crime thanks to the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner
Simon Foster is calling on groups across the region to start applying for a share of the £150,000 pot.
To be eligible the services must be linked to those prioritised in the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan, such as domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation, stalking, harassment, female genital mutilation, hate crime and modern slavery.
The individual one-off grants are capped at £20,000 per organisation and tend to be aimed at smaller organisations and charities.
Successful applications in the past helped to pay for a 24-hour helpline to support victims of forced marriage and honour based abuse.
Mr Foster said: “Supporting victims of crime is one of my top priorities.
“In the West Midlands we have a track record of doing all we can to help victims.
“This funding will make a real difference to people who need it most.
“I would urge small community and voluntary sector organisations, supporting victims at a local level, to apply. It is important that we recognise the work that you are doing and I look forward to hearing from you.”
Meanwhile the West Midlands victims’ commissioner, Nicky Brennan, said: “All victims are entitled to free services to support and empower them to cope and recover from a crime.
“These services should be available, regardless of whether the crime was reported or how much time has passed.
“My vision is to ensure we are delivering high quality care and support services for all victims of crime, so we can reduce the harm caused by offenders.”
The deadline for applications is May 16.
For application forms, criteria and guidance visit https://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/funding-opportunities/grants/.