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COVID-19 Fund for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Derbyshire is inviting expression of interest for additional funding from the Ministry of Justice to support domestic abuse and sexual violence services impacted by COVID-19

Organisations eligible to apply are:

  • Registered Charities
  • Charitable incorporated organisations
  • Social enterprises
  • Companies limited by guarantee
  • Community interest companies that provide support services

The funding available is for costs from the time period 24 March - 31 October 2020 only and aims to allow organisations to meet the additional costs they have incurred or will incur whilst adapting their services during the pandemic, and to cope with demand increases resulting from it. For example, funding may be used to:

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


Applications for funding are open to both services that are already commissioned by the PCC and those that are not and can be used to support existing and/or new clients (adults and children). Funding can be used to provide support to domestic abuse and sexual violence victims and their families and could include, but is not limited to:

  • IDVAs/ ISVAs;
  • court support;
  • face to face or remote counselling for individuals and/or their families; and
  • support for particular groups such as BAME/Disabled/LGBT victims


However, the funding can’t be used for the development of new projects or services not related to the COVID-19 response and any spend that organisations commit to beyond the 31 October 2020 must be met through their own funds. If you are applying or have applied for other government emergency funding for COVID-19 please note that you cannot receive funding from different pots for the same purpose. If you are a national organisation then funding should be requested through the Home Office funding.

More information and frequently asked questions regarding the fund can be found in the Ministry of Justice guidance

The PCC is now inviting applications for funding. If you meet the criteria please complete the below application form (ensuring you complete both tabs) and return along with your recent annual return to: Jack.Foster.17079@Derbyshire.PNN.Police.UK

Unfortunately due to the emergency nature of the funding, there are short time scales between the allocation of funding and notifying the Ministry of Justice. Therefore, the deadline for the return of applications is 5pm Friday 5th June 2020 (please note that this deadline and the dates below have been changed from the original ones due to a new timeframe being provided by the Ministry of Justice)

We will be informing the Ministry of Justice of which organisations we intend to fund on Thursday 11th June, however, we will not receive confirmation of our grant agreements until Tuesday 16th June. Therefore, we will inform you of whether you have been successful or not in your funding application as soon as possible after that date. The Ministry of Justice will provide the funding to the PCC on Thursday 25th June.

Any questions should be sent to Jack.Foster.17079@Derbyshire.PNN.Police.UK  


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COVID-19 Funding for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services - Application form 

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