Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness has announced that a one-off pot of money totalling £354.126 is to be awarded throughout our region to services who currently support survivors of domestic abuse (DA) and sexual violence (SV).

This funding will provide additional support to meet demand/need in the 2021-2022 financial year (1 April 2021 – 31 March 2022). Funding can be used to support existing clients as well as new referrals and will enable a lot of the good work that has been happening in our region to continue.

Organisations which may be eligible for this funding are registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations, social enterprises and statutory services. They must, however, provide support services which have the purpose of helping victims (adults and/or children) of SV or DA cope with the impacts of crime, and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced.

DA/SV support services could include, but are not limited to: counselling for survivors and their families, support for particular groups such as Black and Minoritised/disabled/LGBT/male survivors, IDVAs/ISVAs, CHIDVAs/CHISVAs and family court support. Funding may be used to address short term income disruption, meet essential costs of sustaining activity or to address an increase in demand or anticipated demand.

We have attempted to streamline the process to alleviate services of as much work as possible by not running a competitive bidding process. However, to apply for funding, organisations must complete the attached template and return to [email protected], along with a copy of their annual accounts, by Tuesday 2 March 2021.

Whilst we cannot guarantee that we will be able to offer the level of funding requested, we will endeavour to make sure those in need benefit.

Please note, that funding cannot be used for:

  • Campaigning activities
  • Religious activities outside of projects benefiting the wider community and not containing religious content
  • Political or lobbying activities
  • Loan repayments
  • Activities that make profit for private gain
  • Capital works e.g. building repairs, but can be used for other capital costs such as ICT equipment to enhance your communications and help reach local people.
  • Refuges/accommodation and their staff

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Maxime Rowson, Policy and Research Officer – [email protected]

NB: This is MoJ funding. The MoJ has also released a separate pot of funding for ISVA/IDVA services. Your organisation should have received an email from the OPCC about this if you offer IDVA/ISVA provision. If you have not, please do get in touch.