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Local Innovation & Partnership grants


Clinks and NAVCA, funded by the Ministry of Justice, have worked together to enable innovative approaches to local partnership working in the Criminal Justice System (CJS) by providing a range of small grants to frontline organisations.

The focus of these grants was to bring together statutory sector with providers from the Voluntary and Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector and other stakeholders to jointly address local issues, with a particular interest in activities that tackle inequality and/or discrimination in the CJS. 


In 2013 we have provided eight small grants of £1,500 in partnership with NAVCA to support innovative partnership working in criminal justice and community safety. The successful applicants cover Greater Manchester, Gloucestershire, Sussex, London, Norfolk, Staffordshire, and Wales. With the successful organisations being 3VA, The Care Forum, Cymorth Cymru, Voluntary Norfolk, VAST, Voluntary Action Oldham, GAVCA, and LVSC.

Example grant reports

Below are three reports from successful innovation grants made during 2012-13. They provide a glimpse of what can be done with the grant.

Feedback from grant recipients

“A realisation has set in that there is a great deal of work which needs completing to put all of this knowledge around offenders families into practice.  Step 1 will be to meet with colleagues to come up with an action plan. Watch this space”

Delegate feedback from PACT event

Vera Baird (the PCC for Northumbria) is now working with Together on letters to all PCCs regarding the mental health needs of women in the CJS”.

Linda Bryant, Operations & Development Manager, Together

“We want to engage more with smaller local voluntary and community organisations and this has provided a great opportunity to begin this process. We hope to set in motion some joint working that benefits the VCS and ourselves but more importantly our local communities.”

Sean Barry, Safer Communities Officer, Durham County Council

“Really good example of partnership learning and working together in action”

Spencer Hunt, Service Manager, Safer & Stronger Communities, North East Lincolnshire

“We were really pleased to receive the grant, it enabled us to cover some really important issues around involving ex-offenders in volunteering, and we’re equally pleased with all of the positive feedback that we received form the delegates. Please make more small grants available like these”

Carrie Smith, Poole Volunteer Centres Manager