£20m open to Herts domestic and sexual abuse support services
Hertfordshire groups and charities that support domestic abuse and sexual abuse victims can apply for their share of a new £20m COVID-19 fund.

The money is being made available by the Ministry of Justice to support vulnerable people, and is being distributed via Police and Crime Commissioners.

Under the plans there is £10m available in England and Wales to boost the domestic abuse services that are already funded by PCCs, plus £5m for new providers.

Another £5m will be awarded to current and new sexual violence service providers.

Funding applications must be made by Friday May 29th to the office of the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner. For full details and an application form visit https://www.hertscommissioner.org/coronavirus. Complete the form and send it back to commissioner@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk. 

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “I welcome this opportunity to boost the help available both to victims and to the third sector. It will provide further support to the groups we already fund, on top of which it is open to those we have yet to work with.

“The lockdown has been tough for everyone, but especially so for those who are vulnerable to domestic or sexual abuse. As we emerge from this crisis there will be an increased demand upon those who care and support for these victims.

“This help is needed now, so I would urge those eligible groups or charities to apply for extra funding through my office as soon as possible.”

As part of the process PCCs must conduct an assessment of need for COVID-19 related emergency funding in relation to both sexual violence and domestic abuse support services in their local area.

The COVID-19 extraordinary funding is from 24 March to 31 October 2020 to meet the additional costs registered charities or social enterprise have 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:
 
  • 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.
  • address short term distuption
This process is be open to all relevant support organisations in the county – and encourages funding requests from small specialist organisations that support groups with protected characteristics characteristics (BAME, LGBT, disabled victims).

More details on the fund can be found at The Ministry of Justice website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-funding-for-domestic-abuse-and-sexual-violence-support-services