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A large proportion of services for victims of crime are delivered by small voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations. The MOPAC Victims Fund is a small grants fund that seeks to improve cooperation and collaboration between services, with the ultimate aim of providing end-to-end victim services that run seamlessly and are led by the victim’s needs.
The Fund will build the capacity and maximise the potential of VCSE organisations to support the continued and improved provision of vital services that help victims of crime to cope and recover.
Since 2015, the Victims Fund has awarded circa £3.8 million, including multi-year projects.
Grants are available to organisations providing support to victims of crime to help them cope and recover from their experience.
Victims of crime are defined in the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime as: ‘a person who has suffered harm, including physical, mental or emotional harm or economic loss which was directly caused by criminal conduct; or a close relative of a person whose death was directly caused by criminal conduct.’
The objectives of the Fund align with the commitments stated within the Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021 and include:
- VCSE capacity building for improved victims’ services in line with MOPAC ambitions;
- Targeting, but not limited to, organisations working with specific types of victims, for example, hate crime and crimes against young people (excluding VAWG). Applications for projects supporting victims of other types of crime will also be considered;
- Clear and achievable outcomes with appropriate measurement;
- VCSE support for developing partnerships/consortia with a view to deliver victims’ services in line with MOPAC ambitions.
Grants are available to cover any costs relating to work which helps victims of crime to cope and recover from their experience. This could include, but is not limited to:
- Practical support
- Emotional support
- Advocacy support
- Specialist support
- Restorative Justice
Please note that where applications include work with offenders who are also victims there needs to be a clear focus on the victimisation of the beneficiaries i.e. the work must include support to help beneficiaries cope and recover from their experience of victimisation rather than solely addressing the offending behaviour.
Please note that VAWG projects are not within scope for this fund, however child sexual abuse/sexual exploitation services (unless the project is specifically for girls), and specialist services supporting male victims of domestic abuse/sexual violence are eligible to apply to the Victims Fund. VAWG projects should apply to the MOPAC VAWG Grassroots Fund.
- Be delivering the work they are requesting funding for in London and be able to demonstrate a track record of delivery and impact in London. Organisations can be based anywhere in the UK;
- Either be currently delivering services to victims of crime or be able to demonstrate a track record of having done so in previous years;
- Provide specialist support (or enhance existing support) to victims from specific localities/backgrounds that other victim services do not reach or reach as well;
- Provide specialist support (or enhance existing support) to victims of crime in line with the Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021 priorities, and the associated strategy such as the Knife Crime Strategy. Applicants will need to demonstrate how their grant application and proposed service delivery directly supports the strategy and plan above.
There is no income threshold for the Fund. However, organisations with an annual income of less than £500,000 will be prioritised. If you are a larger organisation we strongly recommend that you consider an application in partnership with smaller organisations. Given that the Fund is heavily oversubscribed, individual applications from organisations with an annual income of over £500,000 are unlikely to be shortlisted.
For individual organisations, grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 are available. All applicants should consider what their organisation’s core costs and capacity building needs are and include related costs in the application (up to 50%). Partnerships of two or more organisations can apply for up to £80,000.
How to apply
To apply to this fund, please take a look at the fund guidelines and application form guidance by clicking on the buttons below or at the top right hand side of the screen and then clicking on the relevant 'Apply online' button.
The application deadline is midday on 11 January 2021.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss any element of the Fund or your application, please contact us on 020 7582 5117 or firstname.lastname@example.org