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Police and Crime Commissioner’s Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund is now closed. This website will be updated once the fund has been re-opened.

This fund is specifically targeted at providing grants to support innovative projects to pilot new ways of working with at risk groups to reduce offending and re-offending and address the issues of domestic and sexual violence.  Reducing offending and re-offending is a key priority within the Police and Crime Plan.  The Commissioner and Chief Constable have agreed a number of actions and objectives aimed to tackle offending.  Our innovation fund supports this by providing our wider public, private and third sector partners with the opportunity to work with us in doing this.

Whilst grants will generally be awarded on an annual basis, to ensure that successful innovative projects can plan for the medium term, we will consider applications that have a requirement for multi-year funding.

Grants will be awarded to Innovative projects that specifically aim to address the following issues: Anti-Social Behaviour, Alcohol related crime, Youth Justice, Veterans, Rural crime, Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence. We will fund Initiatives that can demonstrate a positive and measurable impact in assisting the Police and local Communities. These projects will deliver success by developing prevention measures or working with offenders and supporting victims. The Innovation fund is targeted in supporting new initiatives within the 6 key areas and a key factor in whether your application is successful or not is how you demonstrate that the idea is new to Cumbria, or a collaborative partnership delivering a countywide service involving one or more organisations.

Applications for this fund can be received at any time during the year by submitting a completed application pack but will consist of a two stage process:

Stage 1

Submission of an application pack which is then reviewed by officers of the OPCC to assess the project. This will include:

  • Reviewing the evidence that this is not currently being provided in Cumbria
  • Assessing the project against the evaluation criteria contained within the application pack

Stage 2

Attending a meeting with the panel to talk through your application. This will be your opportunity to explain how you will achieve the outcomes and the processes involved. Also this will be an opportunity for us to meet the team delivering the project.

We envisage that the process from submitting your application to awarding the funds, dependent upon the time of year, may be between 2-4 months. We would advise that you make no financial commitments until we have agreed to support your project.

Please be aware that all awards will be announced and published within the public domain as part of our policy on openness and transparency.

To view the application pack, please click here.

To download the application form, please click here.

To download a copy of the Police and Crime Plan, please click here.

All applications must be emailed to commissioner@cumbria-pcc.gov.uk or posted to: OPCC, Carleton Hall, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2AU.

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