Criminal Justice Innovation Fund

The Criminal Justice Innovation Fund is now open for 2020/21.  Please see the How to Apply section below for details on how to apply.

The Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan: Everybody’s Business (2019- 2024) sets out the Commissioner’s vision to improving the end to end system for victims of crime and finding ways to improve the efficiency, transparency, accountability and democratic oversight of the criminal justice system.

The aims of the fund include the following:

 
  • Build insight, an evidence base or new solutions that leads to change and improvements in the experience and outcomes for Hertfordshire’s victims and witnesses.
 
  • Find ways to identify and divert people from entering the criminal justice system through preventative and early intervention initiatives and those first time entrants from further reoffending.
 
  • Support the delivery of improvements in the performance, efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system locally including through new digital innovations.
 
  • Improve the effectiveness of the referral pathways and how offenders are managed and supported as they go ‘Through the Gate’ and into the community to support reductions in reoffending.

Details of the successful applications for 2018/19 can be found here

Details of the successful applications for 2019/20 can be found here

How to Apply

The fund is open to public and private organisations, criminal justice and community safety partners working in collaboration with the voluntary and community sector.

Applications can be made to the fund that seek to:
- support new activity;
- develop an evidence base or run a project or pilot;
- shows sustainability beyond the life of the funding;
- show evidence of support and is realistic, deliverable, financially viable and demonstrates value for money.

The Commissioner recognises the challenge for organisations caused by the Covid-19 public health crisis and would consider bids in relation to innovative ways of achieving the aims of the fund.

If you are considering submitting a bid related to the impact of Covid-19 please make sure you have considered other funding schemes set up including the PCC-supported Hertfordshire Community Foundation’s Emergency Fund and the National Lottery covid-19 emergency response funding.

The Grant Application form can be found here

The deadline for submission of bids for this date is Sunday 12th July 2020.