Published date: 22 July 2016

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 19 August 2016

Contract summary


  • Judicial services - 75231000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract

£30,000 to £150,000

Procurement reference

NOMS Reducing Reoffending- Enabling the Voluntary Sector to contribute to Prison Reform

Published date

22 July 2016

Closing date

19 August 2016

Contract start date

3 October 2016

Contract end date

30 September 2017

Contract type

Not applicable

Procedure type

Not applicable

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



NOMS are inviting expressions of interest for a series of Grants award to support organisations that can provide innovation across the prison system, which is more important than ever, and will be central to securing reform on improved outcomes for prisoners. To achieve a truly reformed estate it is essential that a diverse market is in place, this includes the full involvement of the voluntary sector, including charities and social enterprises. This grant is open to voluntary sector organisations and potential providers of charitable services with the purpose of accessing new services, approaches, or innovation that might be able to support a reformed prison estate.
The scope of the grant is broadly as follows:
The grant is only available for activity taking place in the six early adopter reform prisons, all of which are adult male prisons. Activity may be limited to one prison or cover multiple sites. These prisons are:
• HMP Coldingley
• HMP Highdown
• HMP Holme House
• HMP Kirlevington Grange
• HMO Ranby
• HMP Wandsworth
Grant funding cannot be used to deliver core services which NOMS should specify, commission or deliver. Applications from Prospective Grant Recipients, which seek to design and test out new ways of achieving better outcomes are invited which address the following themes:
a) Listening and responding to people with lived experience.
b) Improving the prison environment.
c) Addressing multiple and complex needs.
d) Addressing the needs of young adults.
e) Support for children and families.
f) Support for priority groups and those with protected characteristics in the prison system.
g) Improving health and wellbeing.
h) Inspiring creativity through the arts.
i) Helping people back to work.
j) Education.
k) Valuing volunteers.
l) Involving the voluntary sector.

Please find further details in the attached Descriptive Doument.

More information


Additional text

The Ministry of Justice will be performing this event through its eSourcing Portal, known as Bravo Solution. The eSourcing Portal is an online application that allows all potential suppliers to create and submit their responses to any Requests for Information (RFI), Requests for Quotes (RFQ), or Requests for Proposals (RFP) via the internet rather than in paper form (where they have been invited to respond).
Bravo Solution is also an electronic tendering tool to manage procurement and communicate with suppliers/bidders. Accordingly, there will be no hard copy documents issued to suppliers/bidders and all communications with the Authority including the submission of suppliers/bidders' responses will be conducted via the esourcing portal located at

If you are not registered on Bravo Solution, for guidance on how to register and the contact details of the helpdesk may be accessed on the MoJ esourcing PORTAL then please click on "click here for details on how to register.

If you are already registered on Bravo Solution and require assistance, the Authority have put together a suite of useful documents to assist suppliers/bidders with the application process.
The Sourcing Supplier Guides provides Prospective Grant Recipient (PGR) with guidance on:

- Responding to a Tender;
- Create additional users;
- Legacy access completing registration information; and
- Recovering username and password;

The application process is due to close at 12:00 noon on 19 August 2016.
Suppliers/bidders should allow sufficient time to register their interest, prior to the RFI submission deadline on 19 August 2016.

If you have any technical problems while registering or using Bravo Solution you should contact Further information is also available at (Recommend you use Firefox as the search engine).
If you have any questions regarding the process or criteria, you should contact

The Authority will be holding 2 market engagement events, week commencing 25 July 2016 in York and London. For further information please use the following links:

Tuesday 26 July 2016 in York:

Wednesday 27 July 2016 in London:

Suppliers/bidders are encouraged to attend these events as they will provide an opportunity to further enhance awareness of the Grant opportunity.

About the buyer

Contact name

Ahmed Choudhry


Ministry of Justice
102 Petty France