Over a number of years, Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) have provided a grants programme for voluntary sector organisations, including charities and social enterprises, working to reduce reoffending. As well as providing grant funding for project-based grants, HMPPS and MoJ also provide strategic grant funding to support the infrastructure of some of HMPPS’ most crucial offender services, in support of key objectives.
To get the full details and respond to the opportunity you’ll need to be registered on the Ministry of Justice eSourcing portal. Guidance on how to register and the contact details of the helpdesk can be accessed on the MoJ esourcing Portal: https://ministryofjusticecommercial.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.html then please click on 'Click here for details on how to register.
Applicants are now invited for the following strategic grants, each with an application deadline of 2nd January 2018:
- To provide infrastructure support for small and medium sized VCSE (voluntary, community and social enterprise) organisations. The total funding available for this Grant Programme for 2018-21 is up to £550,000 per annum or up to £1,650,000 in total for the duration of the grant. Find out more here
- To provide emotional support to prisoners in distress or crisis. The total funding available for this Grant Programme for 2018-21 is up to £500,000 per annum or up to £1,500,000 in total for the duration of the grant. Find out more here
- To provide welfare support to british citizens imprisoned abroad on their return to the United Kingdom. The total funding available for this Grant Programme for 2018-21 is up to £265,000 per annum or up to £795,000 in total for the duration of the grant. Find out more here
- For the provision of advice and support for those released from custody following a miscarriage of justice. The total funding available for this Grant Programme for 2018-20 is up to £100,000 per annum or up to £200,000 in total for the duration of the grant. Find out more here
- For engagement with prisons, probation and a range of secure environments to motivate offenders to participate in arts. The total funding available for this Grant Programme for 2018-20 is up to £75,000 per annum or up to £150,000 in total for the duration of the grant. Find out more here
The application process is designed to encourage wider participation of voluntary sector organisations. The process is not a competition to tender for contracts, but will follow a similar but simpler process, allowing organisations to apply for a grant.
Grants for good
Clinks members tell us in our State of the sector research that grant funding is vitally important, especially for smaller organisations. However, we know that the provision of grants from government—for voluntary organisations working specifically in criminal justice—has significantly declined. That’s why Clinks is part of ‘Grants for Good’, a coalition of charities which believe in the huge value of government grant-making to the voluntary sector and which aims to protect it. Grant funding empowers charities and voluntary groups to identify and solve problems, and address needs in a way which is centred around people. Find out more here
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