We are pleased to launch The MOPAC Victims Fund 2019/20 to benefit victims of crime across London.
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 over £3.5 million, including multi-year projects some of which will continue into 2019/20.
Please note that the fund is unable to consider applications from organisations currently receiving funds from the MOPAC Victims Fund.
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 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, VAWG, young people, restorative justice or those who have experienced violence in multiple forms
- 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.
Applications can include capacity building costs e.g. governance training for trustees and staff. All applicants are encouraged to consider the capacity building needs of their organisation. Although there is no limit to the amount that can be requested for capacity building, applicants should ensure that there is a balance between capacity building and service provision.
Applicants should clearly link their proposal to the Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021.
- Be delivering the work they are requesting funding for in London, and be able to demonstrate that they aim to continue to deliver those services in London in the future. 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.
There is no income threshold for the Fund however organisations with an annual income of less than £500,000 may be prioritised. If you are a larger organisation we strongly recommend that you submit 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 £10,000 and £35,000 are available. All applicants should consider what their organisation’s capacity building needs are and include related costs in the application.
Partnerships of two or more organisations can apply for up to £70,000. Partnership applications must be submitted by one lead applicant, with supporting documents provided by the lead and partner organisation. Partnerships may be formal or informal and we encourage larger organisations to partner with smaller groups in order to build capacity and exchange learning. Partnership applications can include costs for partnership development and capacity building.
The application assessment process will examine how applicants will ensure that there is a balance between partnership development, capacity building and service provision.
There is no limit on how many applications an organisation or partnership can submit, however, the Fund seeks to support a demographic and geographic spread of projects across London. If you intend to submit more than one application, you should carefully consider your organisation’s resources and ability to successfully manage and deliver multiple projects.
Applicants can apply for one-year grants only.
How to apply
Click on the Apply Now button on the right hand side of the screen or below. The Fund Guidelines PDF, and online application form guidelines PDF are there to help you prepare your application.
The application deadline is midday on 4th January 2019.
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 at email@example.com.