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The Police and Crime Commissioner says he wants organisations across the West Midlands that provide support to victims of crime to start applying for a share of £150,000.

Simon Foster is encouraging organisations to submit applications for a new round of funding, if they are helping victims recover from crimes committed against them.

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, to name just a few.

Applications can be submitted from 1st April 2022 to 16th May 2022. Application forms, criteria and guidance can be downloaded from the PCC’s website here.

Whilst there’s £150,000 available, individual grants are capped at £20,000 per organisation and tend to be aimed at smaller organisations and charities.

The funding is awarded as a one-off grant.

Successful applications in the past helped to pay for a 24-hour helpline to support victims of forced marriage and honour based abuse.

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon 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, who is appointed by the PCC to represent the interests of victims in the region, 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.”  

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