GROUPS supporting victims of crime can apply for funding from the West Midlands police and crime commissioner.
The PCC David Jamieson has opened his Victims’ Fund for 2018/19 and is urging organisations to apply.
He says he will award funding for groups which assist those who have suffered domestic violence, sexual abuse, volume crime such as theft, child sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and honour based violence.
The grants will also be available to groups which aim to safeguard victims of hate crime, fatal road traffic collisions and modern slavery.
This year’s Victims’ Fund has £200,000 available.
Individual funding of up to £20,000 is available for each voluntary or community organisation which helps people to cope and recover.
Groups can apply on their own or they can join together to form a partnership.
Services commissioned by the PCC will form part of a varied network of support which exists for victims across the West Midlands, funded by other groups and through charitable donations.
Mr Jamieson said: “Supporting victims of crime is one of my top priorities as PCC.
“This funding has been making a real difference to people’s lives since I introduced it in 2014 and I’m delighted to say it will continue to do so.
“I would urge people to get their applications in.”
The deadline for applications is 5pm on March 18 next year.