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The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is urging organisations that support victims of hate crime, to apply for funding.

Organisations across the West Midlands are encouraged to submit applications to the Victims Fund, which helps pay for support services for people to cope and recover from the effects of crime.

In 2020, the number of hate crimes recorded had risen by 39% in the West Midlands.

The Victims Fund will open on 12th of January 2021 and will be taking applications from agencies through to 16th of February 2021.

Application forms will be available on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website from 12th of January. Online applications only will be accepted. 

A budget of up to £200,000 will be made available for a regional hate crime service, organisations supporting vulnerable individuals within the West Midlands are eligible to apply. Groups can apply on their own or they can join together and form a consortium.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Waheed Saleem, said: “Supporting victims of hate crime is a key priority for me. We now have a formidable record of helping victims of crime. This funding has been making a real difference to people’s lives since 2014 and I’m delighted to say it will continue to do so.

“Throughout the pandemic we have seen a significant increase in hate crimes and this is unacceptable. This funding will provide organisations with the resources they need to support victims.

“I would urge people to get their applications in.”

This specification sets out the key deliverables for a highly specialised service for victims of hate crime living in the West Midlands. 

The specification has been informed by feedback from partners who attended the West Midlands Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) Hate Crime Symposium (in June 2020) and through ongoing work as part of the OPCC Hate Crime Working Group.

The fund, commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner seeks to improve outcomes for victims of hate crime across the West Midlands. The competitive fund has over the past seven years supported victims and survivors of all priority areas.

In line with the increasing need for support services for hate crime, the 2021/22 fund will only accept applications for hate crime support services.

Application Pack


Deadline: Monday 16th February 2021 5PM

OPCC Contact: If you have any queries regarding the application, please contact Tara Muchemenyi [email protected]

Submission: Completed applications to be sent to the following email addresses [email protected] and [email protected]

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