Reducing Reoffending Fund Grant Criteria and Process

Background

The Police and Crime Commissioner has an important role to play in preventing and reducing crime but he will not be able to achieve all of his objectives working in isolation. The Police and Crime Commissioner will need to work with a broad range of organisations from the community safety and criminal justice sectors to voluntary and community groups, who will have a shared interest in delivering positive outcomes and improved services for Surrey residents.

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 allows the Police and Crime Commissioner to award grants to any organisation or body they consider will contribute to improving community safety in their police force area.

For 2020/21 £266,667 has been allocated by the PCC to enable organisations to work with the Police and Crime Commissioner to reduce reoffending .

How to Apply

Small Grants and Standard Applications

Organisations seeking funding can apply online through the Funding Hub. Small grants are processed using a more streamlined version of the application procedure. This is intended to speed up the process and give organisations a quicker decision.

Small Grant applications for £5000 or less can be submitted at any point during the year (whilst funds remain) and the online form, once submitted, is sent to the pccfunding email address. The application is checked against the criteria below, scored and a recommendation made to the PCC. Once the decision is made the applicant will be informed with the full process being completed within 14 working days.

Standard Applications are for organisations seeking funding in excess of £5,000. This is also an online application process albeit a somewhat more in depth process.

Standard applications for funding will be first considered by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office to ensure they meet the criteria and all relevant information has been made available. Once complete, the applications will be considered by a panel consisting of a senior policy officer from the OPCC, the Criminal Justice Commissioning Lead from the OPCC, a senior police officer from Surrey Police and an Independent Member for consideration.

The panel will consider the information supplied by the applicant and how well the project meets the criteria. The recommendations made by the panel will be submitted to the Police and Crime Commissioner for consideration. It is possible the Commissioner may want to meet with organisations to discuss the bid further or make a request for additional information. It could take up to six weeks from the date of application to the applicant being informed of the outcome for a standard grant.

Successful bids will be processed and all grants will come with terms of agreement to ensure both sides understand the agreed outcomes. Successful organisations will be required to provide evidence of spend and the outcomes/impacts of the service at agreed points in the year.

In the Standard Application process the Panel will aim to meet once a quarter to consider those applications received.

Criteria

As well as clearly outlining the project and outlining how the funding will be spent, the application should clearly demonstrate how it will reduce reoffending and aid the Police and Crime Commissioner in meeting one or more of his priorities as set out in their Police and Crime Plan. The headline priorities are:

Tackling Crime and Keeping People Safe

I will hold Surrey Police to account for preventing and solving more crimes, identifying and tackling their root causes, and pursuing offenders to keep Surrey safe.

 Building Confident Communities

I want to bring Surrey’s communities together to work with the public and other public services to solve issues that damage local areas or make people feel unsafe

Supporting Victims

When people are victims of crime, they need quality and timely support to help repair the harm done and rebuild lives

Preventing Harm

Together with police and partners I will identify and support vulnerable people in Surrey to reduce harm, and work with those who re-offend to break the cycle of crime

Making Every Pound Count

I will fight for fair funding for Surrey Police and target resources at the front line

A Force fit for the Future

I will work with the Chief Constable to ensure that Surrey Police is well placed and properly equipped to meet the challenges of the future

The grants must also fit in with the key criteria as dictated by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act. The criteria is as follows –

  • reduction of crime and disorder (including anti-social and other behaviour adversely affecting the local environment),
  • combating the misuse of drugs, alcohol and other substances, and
  • reduction of re-offending

Grants should also show –

  • clear timescales
  • a baseline position and intended outcomes (with measures)
  • what additional resources (people or money) are available from partners to complement any awarded resources by the PCC
  • a partnership approach/commitment to working in partnership to deliver intended outcomes
  • indicate if this is a one off project or not. If the bid looks for pump priming the bid should show how funding will be sustained beyond the initial funding period
  • be consistent with the best practice principles of the Surrey Compact (where working with Voluntary, Community and Faith groups)
  • Clear performance management processes

Organisations applying for grant funding may be asked to provide:

  • Copies of any relevant data protection policies
  • Copies of any relevant safeguarding policies
  • A copy of the most recent financial accounts or annual report
  • Copies of Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks if working with children and/or vulnerable adults

Monitoring and Evaluation

Successful bidders will be asked to produce reports throughout the year and an end of year report showing the success of the project, how they have worked with the community and how the money has been spent.

The report should include:

  • how the money was spent and on what
  • the impacts / outcomes of the project with evidence
  • any Community Engagement through the project and ongoing, if applicable
  • evidence of spend (statement of accounts) and information if there are any remaining balances including how this money will be repaid
  • As funding is public money, successful applicants may be asked to provide additional information for audit purposes
  • Where possible the Police and Crime Commissioner or member of his staff will visit the project to see it is action.

Deadlines for Applications

Funding rounds for the Standard Applications in the financial year of 2020/21 will be held quarterly. Submission deadlines and approval panel dates can be found on the Surrey OPCC website.