Covid-19 Extraordinary DA & SV Funding

Covid-19 Extraordinary Ministry of Justice Funding for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Support Services

 On 2nd May 2020 the Government announced a package of £76m extra funding to support victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, vulnerable children and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Justice element of this funding will be distributed through Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across England and Wales. The funding, which totals £288,000, will be ringfenced for COVID-19 related emergency funding, and then ringfenced again for spend on each of the three areas of need listed below.

  • Domestic abuse services – already commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner (total amount available £144,000)
  • Sexual Violence Support Services – including those already commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner and those who are not currently in receipt of funding from the Commissioner (Total amount available £72,000.00)
  • Domestic abuse services – not currently commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner (Total amount available £72,000)

To be eligible 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. They must provide support services which 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.

Bids in Cambridgeshire will only be accepted from organisations whose primary aim is to support victims of domestic abuse or sexual violence and who are already providing services in the county.

The COVID-19 extraordinary funding is from 24 March to 31 October 2020 to meet the additional costs incurred or will incur whilst adapting their services during the pandemic, and to cope with demand increases resulting from it, during this time period. For example, funding may be used to:

  • • address short term income disruption;
  • • meet essential costs of sustaining current activities, such 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.

Organisations must:

  • not use this funding for the development of new projects or services not related to the COVID-19 response, for example designing technology platforms which will not be ready to deliver services for the majority of the funding period
  • not apply if their needs can be met through other COVID-19 support measures, such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the three-month VAT deferral
  • ensure that COVID-19 related costs cannot be met from any existing funding stream, fundraising, private donations and existing grants

Funding can be used to address costs associated with COVID-19 from 24 March 2020 – the first day of lockdown.  Any spend that organisations commit to beyond the 31 October 2020 must be met through their own funds.

What next?

PCCs must undertake an assessment of need for COVID-19 related extraordinary funding in relation to both SV and DA support services in their local area. PCCs must ensure that the assessment process fulfils a number of general conditions, as well as specific SV and DA ones set out below:

  • • the process is open and transparent, and assessment criteria are published;
  • • the process is open to all relevant support organisations in the PCC area – and encourages applications from small specialist organisations that support groups with protected characteristics;
  • • there are named contact points in each PCC office for queries; and
  • • the names of all organisations that requested funding, and those that were successful, should be published on completion of the process.

How can I apply?

Local guidance developed by the Cambridgeshire Office of Police and Crime Commissioner is available at the bottom of this page. This explains all the local funding criteria, assessment processes and award conditions.

To apply for the fund please complete the Covid-19 Funding Bid Form available below and send to: Head of Strategic Partnerships and Commissioning Nicky Phillipson via email:

nicky.phillipson@cambs.pnn.police.uk

The form must be submitted by 4pm on Friday June 5th, 2020. Any bids received after this deadline cannot be considered.

If you think you will be eligible to bid for this funding you are asked in the first instance to send an email to Nicky Phillipson.

In the interest of transparency the Ministry of Justice Q&A is also available below.