Public Sector Network Tender Alert


Grant for the Provision of a Prison Radio Writing Competition

1. Overall Aim 1.1 The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has funding to award a grant to deliver an arts and education project for offenders. The aim is to encourage hard-to-reach offenders to engage with education and arts opportunities in prison, to introduce new and innovative organisations to prisons and to investigate how to create a support network to help them improve the services they offer. 1.2 The preferred mechanism for exploring these issues is to run a national writing competition for prisoners, with the best entries, master classes and work in progress broadcast on National Prison Radio and accessible via the Virtual Campus 2. Services to Be Provided 2.1 The project scope encompasses: • Exploring how to support arts projects already running in prisons • Introducing new arts organisations into prisons • Providing a support network for arts organisations to improve their service to offenders • Exploring how to encourage hard-to-reach offenders to engage with arts and education • Developing a model of best practice • Establishing a writing competition as a means to explore and validate the above • Overseeing the sifting, judging and awarding of the competition • Delivering at least 1 writing workshop in 25 prisons (preferably those that aren’t already well-served by arts organisations) in a variety of genres including poetry, drama and short stories. • Creating content for NPR and Virtual Campus from the work in progress of prisoners entering the competition and taking part in master-classes as well as the finished pieces of writing. 2.2 The project timescale runs from January 1st 2013 – March 31st 2014. Project start-up (identifying an appropriate organisation to run the project and appoint a manager) will run from January 1st 2013 – March 31st 2013. The main project will run from April 1st 2013 – March 31st 2014, including the completion of the competition and reporting to NOMS on lessons learned. 2.3 The project funding will be a grant of £130,000.00 of which £11,000.00 will be available for Q4 (January – March 2013) with the remainder spread over the financial year 2013/14. The payment schedule will be quarterly in advance. 2.4 The project manager will be expected to meet with NOMS representatives on a regular end of quarter basis to report on progress and expenditure. 3. Qualifications and Experience Additional information What the notice is for: Prison Services Is this contract a framework agreement or part of one? No Is this contract related to a programme of funding? Yes The contract will be awarded based on the ”Most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the contract documents” Length of contract: Fifteen (15) months

Ref: 2900-2-Reducing Reoffending-SE-RFP,


Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Procurement - CMT L&SE
David Price & Michael Adu

Contract value: 130000.00 - 130000.00GBP

Published: 17 Dec 2012, Receipt by: 11 Jan 2013