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Covid 19: Extraordinary funding for domestic abuse and sexual violence services across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

On the 19th May 2020, the Ministry of Justice launched a £20m COVID-19 extraordinary fund for organisations that support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. This funding is being assessed and administered by local Police and Crime Commissioners.

Locally Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is seeking applications from eligible organisations that support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Organisations do not have to be currently or previously funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner to be eligible to apply.

The application deadline is 5 pm on Friday 5 June 2020.

How much money is available?

The money available locally has been assessed based on our local population and as a result the fund has a total value of £596,000 available. This has been ring fenced in the following ways.

Domestic abuse services that are already commissioned by PCCs

£ 298,000

Sexual violence services that are already commissioned by PCCs and those that are not currently funded by PCCs

£ 149,000

Domestic abuse services that are not currently commissioned by PCCs

£ 149,000


£ 596,000


How do I apply?

The funding opened on Tuesday 19th May 2020 and closes at 5pm on Friday 5 June 2020. Using the attached application form, each organisation must evidence in writing the following information for assessment;

  • If the organisation is currently funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner;

  • If the organisation supports victims with protected characteristics (BAME, LGBT, disabled victims);

  • Any additional income connected to COVID-19 that the organisation has received. (Income from local government, statutory services, donations and any ongoing donation activity);

  • How the organisation’s current reserve level compares to business as usual. (Is the organisation having to use their reserves to keep running);

  • What additional costs the organisation has incurred due to the COVID-19 lockdown from 24 March 2020; and

  • What anticipated additional costs due to COVID-19 lockdown the organisation expects to have until the end of October 2020.

Completed applications must be emailed to by 5pm on Friday 5 June 2020.

Am I eligible?

There is a strict eligibility criteria that organisations must meet, which is contained in the detailed guidance provided by the Ministry of Justice – available here

Each application will be checked for eligibility upon submission.

How will my application be assessed?

Using the assessment evidence provided, each application will be considered by a funding panel. The panel will use the eligibility criteria and the assessment of need provided by each organisation on a case by case basis in order to consider each award. The panel will consist of the following; Commissioning Manager Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, a local Domestic Abuse Service Commissioner (Subject Expert on Domestic Abuse), a local Sexual Violence Service Commissioner (Subject Expert on Sexual Violence), a person with lived experience of service provision (Expert by Experience) and an independent panel member. Decisions will be published on the website once they have been made.

How long will it take to know if our applications have been successful?

This process has been detailed in this process map which includes key dates and how long it is likely to take for awards to be made and paid.

Who can I seek more information from locally?

This process is being administered by Dr Davina Cull, Criminal Justice, Partnerships and Commissioning Manager at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Questions relating to this application and fund can be made via email at Alternatively you can call Davina direct on 07779038251 for an informal conversation or clarification on any matter relating to this bid.

Before submitting your application you may wish to consider the frequently asked questions prepared by the Ministry of Justice.