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Ministry of Justice Uplift Funding for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services

On the 1st of February 2021 the Ministry of Justice launched a £40m fund for organisations that support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. To find out more please visit the Government website.

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 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, but they will be subject to an eligibility criteria.  

How much money is available?

The money available locally has been assessed based on data and information from our support services and criminal justice organisations locally.  As a result the PCC has been allocated a total of £305, 403 in which organisations can apply for. This has been ring fenced in the following ways.

Domestic abuse services / support

£ 199, 231.00

Sexual violence services / support

£ 106, 172.00

Total

£ 305, 403.00

How do I apply?

The funding application opens on Friday 12th of February 2021 and closes at 5pm on Friday 12th of March 2021. Using the application form, each organisation must evidence in writing the following information for assessment;

  1. The victim service provided (Note: of the organisation provides both SV and DA services please specify which service is applying for funding)
  2. If the organisation exclusively provides support to victims with protected characteristics, what is the principal group with protected characteristics that the organisation supports?
  3. Does the organisation support male victims? and Does the organisation exclusively provide support for male victims?
  4. What is the total funding being requested?
  5. What is the funding requested for?
  6. Evidence of need?

Completed applications must be emailed to PCCCommissioning@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk by 5pm on Friday 12th of March 2021.

Am I eligible?

  • Unlike the extraordinary Covid-19 funding provided in 2020/21, organisations do not need to be a registered charity, a charitable incorporated organisation, or a social enterprise to be eligible for this funding. They must, however, provide support services which have the purpose of helping victims of Sexual Violence or Domestic Abuse cope with the impacts of crime, and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced.
  • The total funding will be ringfenced for spend on SV or DA services only.
  • Organisations must be based in England and Wales to be eligible for this funding.
  • The process is open to all relevant support organisations in the Devon and Cornwall PCC area.
  • We encourage applications from small specialist organisations that support groups with protected characteristics, and services for men and boys.

Domestic Abuse Funding Conditions

To be eligible for DA specific funding, the organisation must provide tailored support to female and/or male victims who have experienced DA at any point in their life. This includes adults and children. The funding can be used to support existing clients as well as new referrals.

DA support services could include, but are not limited to:

  • IDVAs;
  • CHIDVAs;
  • Family court support;
  • Face to face or remote counselling for individuals and / or their families; or
  • Support for particular groups such as BAME/ Disabled/ LGBT/male victims.

Funding for support for victims of DA in safe accommodation is subject to a separate funding process run by Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). MoJ funding must not be used to provide accommodation or the support services within it.

Sexual Violence Funding Conditions

To be eligible for SV specific funding, the organisation must provide tailored support to female and/or male victims who have experienced rape or sexual abuse at any point in their life. This includes adults and children. The funding can be used to support existing clients as well as new referrals.

SV support services could include, but are not limited to:

  • ISVAs;
  • CHISVAs;
  • Court support;
  • Face to face or remote counselling for individuals and / or their families; or
  • Support for particular groups such as BAME/ Disabled/ LGBT/ male victims.

Each application will be checked for eligibility upon submission.

What is excluded

In line with usual government grants, PCCs must ensure that organisations do not use the funding for any of the following activities:

  • campaigning activities (this fund is to support the delivery of direct services for vulnerable people);
  • religious activities outside of projects benefiting the wider community and not containing religious content;
  • political or lobbying activities;
  • loan repayments; or
  • activities that make profit for private gain

Funding must not be used for 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.

Timescales

  • Funding cannot be used to pay for goods or services that have been bought or ordered before 1 April 2021 or after 31 March 2022.
  • Funding cannot be used to pay for any outstanding debts prior to 1 April 2021.
  • Funding must be spent within the grant funding period 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.

How will my application be assessed?

Using the assessment evidence template provided, each application will be considered by a funding panel on Wednesday 16th of March 2021. 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. To ensure a fair assessment is made, the funding panel will also need to establish the following as part of their needs assessment process:

  • if an organisation is currently funded by another commissioning authority, OPCC, NHS England or Local Authority;
  • if the organisation supports victims with protected characteristics (BAME, LGBT, disabled victims); and
  • if the organisation supports male victims.

The OPCC / Panel must ensure DA and SV organisations have a proven track record of providing tailored services for particular groups such as LGBT, disabled, BAME and male victims when establishing local need, and ensure they are proportionately represented within funding allocations. The OPCC / Panel will engage with other local commissioners, including the Local Authorities, when establishing and assessing local need.

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.

The OPCC will need to undertake appropriate due diligence and fraud risk assessments in relation to organisations approved for funding through this allocation. The OPCC are not required to undertake a full competitive bid process.

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

The panel will sit on the 16th of March 2021 and will make a final decision on awards by Friday the 20th of March 2021. A return to the MoJ will be made by Monday 22nd of March 2021 to enable grant conditions and funding to be agreed which will be paid from the 1st of April 2021.

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 PCCCommissioning@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk. Alternatively, you can call Davina direct on 07779038251 for an informal conversation or clarification on any matter relating to this bid.

Other funding

In addition to this uplift, there are also two other pots of money which the OPCC have been asked to make an assessment of need against. This is not an application process, but an assessment of local need in which the OPCC will then return to the Ministry of Justice for consideration.

IDVA / ISVA Funding

In addition to the support service uplift, there is also a targeted pot of funding for independent domestic violence advocates (IDVA’s) and independent sexual violence advocates (IDVA’s) which is being managed by a separate assessment. If you wish to be included in this assessment and you are not part of a Local Authority Commissioned Service, you can send details of your need direct to the OPCC. All Local Authority domestic abuse service commissioners are currently assessing their need within their commissioned services, but a wider assessment of need will also be considered within this process if applicable.

Critical Support Fund

We are aware that a number of support services in our area and nationally have significant waiting lists or have had to close waiting lists for sexual violence and domestic abuse services. The MoJ are therefore making £1.5m funding available through a ‘critical support fund’ to support all PCC areas that have critical levels of demand that the additional uplift in funding, and funding from other sources, will not be able to sufficiently address. Further detail on how to access this fund will be provided shortly, but applications will not open until after the SV and DA allocations have been finalised. The details we receive of need will help us at the OPCC understand if we need to apply for the critical support fund.

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