The third and final round of the Commissioner's £1m Innovation Fund has been completed. For full details of the 12 successful bidders who shared £315,000 in the March 2014 round, please click here.
The panel for the third round was made up of Mr Macpherson, Deputy Chief Constable Mike Veale, Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott, Swindon Borough Council leader David Renard and Chief Executive of the Community Foundation for Wiltshire & Swindon Rosemary Macdonald.
Mr Macpherson said: “Across the three funding rounds we have been able to support a total of 35 schemes.
“Now we must start to look at the early results of the schemes which we funded in 2013, so we will be asking them to feed back their experiences so far and the impact their projects are making in their area.
“We are drawing a line now under the Innovation Fund, but if any of the projects we have funded demonstrably reduce crime there is no reason why they should not be considered for mainstream funding.”
Mr Macpherson used the fund to award projects throughout Wiltshire and Swindon which would help towards achieving his six priorities as set out in his Police and Crime Plan.
When he launched the initiative, Mr Macpherson said: “I am really excited about this £1 million Innovation Fund and making this money available to projects on the ground that can make a real difference to communities.”
The Commissioner’s six main priorities are:
Working with communities are partners to:
- Reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
- Protect the most vulnerable in society
- Put victims and witnesses first
- Reduce offending and re-offending
- Drive up standards of customer service
- Ensure unfailing and timely response to calls for assistance
Mr Macpherson said at the time of the launch: “This fund is about supporting innovative new ideas which will make a lasting difference to community safety and I’m particularity interested in projects that help to break cycles of crime and anti-social behaviour, including supporting repeat offenders.”
There were three funding tranches:
- £400,000 by 31 July 2013 in respect of applications received by 15 July 2013. Read about the successful applicants
- £300,000 by 30 November 2013 in respect of applications received by 15 November 2013.*£315,000 was available due to funds being rolled-over form the July tranche Read about the successful applicants
- £315,000 by 31 March 2014 in respect of applications received by 3 March 2014.. Read about the successful applicants
Any organisation with aims and activities that met the criteria was able to apply for funding. Any funds not awarded in one tranche were ‘rolled-over’ to the next funding tranche.
The £1 million Innovation Fund was funded from Office of the PCC reserves.
The Commissioner consulted with an advisory panel, made up of representatives from Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council and The Community Foundation for Wiltshire and Swindon, before deciding which applications to fund.
If you have any other questions about the fund, please call the Office of the PCC on 01380 734 022.
Innovation Fund information leaflet
Innovation Fund application form
Innovation Fund grant agreement