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Funding boost of nearly £580,000 for Avon and Somerset domestic abuse and sexual violence support charities

amended deadline:Funding opportunity for victim support charities

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens is encouraging local domestic abuse and sexual violence support charities to apply for additional funding to support more victims and their families.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has launched the ‘Covid-19 Extraordinary Ministry of Justice Funding for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Support Service’ after securing £25 million from the Government. The extra funding will be available to charities and organisations who support vulnerable people including victims and survivors of sexual violence and domestic abuse.

PCC Sue Mountstevens and her team have the opportunity to apply for a total of £578,000 to support the following organisations:

-          Domestic abuse services that are already commissioned by PCCs (£289,000)

-          Domestic abuse services that are not currently commissioned by PCCs (£144,500)

-          Sexual violence services that are already commissioned by PCCs and those that are not currently funded by PCCs (£144,500)

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I very much welcome the MoJ’s additional funding that will go towards supporting victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. We all know lockdown has had a significant impact on victims who are living with perpetrators and who are even more isolated from loved ones.

“The extra funding will ensure that we can continue to support and strengthen those hard-working local charities and organisations who have been a lifeline to survivors and their families during these uncertain times. The additional funding will also support services adapt and respond to any potential change in demand as we continue to come out of lockdown and victims have the confidence to come forward. I encourage support services to apply for the funding so we can ensure that victims can access the help and support they deserve.”

The funding will cover contingency funding needs from 24 March 2020 (first day of lockdown) to 31 October 2020. Funding may be used to cover both incurred and anticipated additional costs due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For example, funding may be used to:

  • Address short term income disruption;
  • Meet essential costs of sustaining current activities, such as the purchasing of assets to support the move to remote and digital working, and additional staff to cover those unable to work for reasons related to the pandemic; and
  • Address increased demand.

How to Apply

To apply for this funding organisations must be a registered charity, a charitable incorporated organisation or a social enterprise, including companies limited by guarantee and community interest companies. You must provide support services that have the purpose of helping victims of crime cope with the impacts of crime, and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced.

 

Please refer to the ‘PCC Funding guidance provided by the MoJ’ before completing the ‘COVID-19 Extraordinary Funding Request’ form. 

Please send your funding request to marc.hole@avonandsomerset.police.uk by 5th June 2020. We will not be able to accept any requests beyond this point.

If you have any questions prior to sending your funding request in, please also submit these to via the email address above. We will respond to these as soon as we can.

Further information

-          Following receipt of the applications they will be reviewed by the OPCC and assessed against the MoJ criteria.

-          There is no set limitation on the value placed against a funding request.

-          If total value of all the applications is higher than the value of the pot allocated to A&S OPCC then OPCC will prioritise according to where the greatest need is.

-          Successful applicants will be expected to complete an end of grant performance report, which will need to be submitted by 30/11/20. The MoJ are yet to finalise the expectation of this reporting.

-          If you are also applying for funding from other Government departments please ensure there is no overlap in the requests made.

Posted on Thursday 21st May 2020
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