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More than £300,000 of funding has become available for services helping and supporting victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence in the county during the pandemic.
The grant is part of a £25 million package being released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) across the country with Norfolk securing £306,000 to be managed and distributed through the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk (OPCCN).
The extraordinary Covid-19 funding covers the seven-month period between lockdown in late March 2020 to 31 October 2020 only – meaning some payments may be back dated.
Welcoming the announcement Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green, said: “My office has been working tirelessly over the past few weeks with our commissioned services to ensure victims and survivors of such abuse have continued to receive the help and support they truly deserve.
“Such support has included the funding of Pandora’s ‘live web chat’ facility, further roles at Leeway and working with partners to organise a live Q&A web event for those affected by domestic abuse.
“I am immensely proud of the work that has already taken place but further financial support from central government is always welcome as more can always be done.
”Together we must work to make a real difference and I would encourage organisations who meet the criteria to come forward.”
PCCs will be required to carry out 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 process must be open to all relevant support organisations in the PCC area – and encourages funding requests from small specialist organisations that support groups with protected characteristics.
The funds will be distributed as follows:
- Domestic abuse services that are already commissioned by the PCC – Norfolk has been allocated £153,000 out of a £10 million national fund.
- Domestic abuse services that are not currently commissioned the PCC – Norfolk has been allocated £76,500 out of £5 million nationally.
- Sexual violence services that are already commissioned by the PCC and those that are not currently funded by the PCC – Norfolk has been allocated £76,500 out of £5 million nationally.
The deadline for submission is 12 noon on Monday 1 June.
Successful grants will be distributed from 18 June at the discretion of the PCC, to those who have demonstrated need from COVID-19, met the required criteria and have the appropriate governance in place.
Further information and guidance on the scheme can be found here: Police and Crime Commissioners Fund: guidance.
How to apply and ask questions
The OPCCN has sent up the following email address OPCCNGrants@norfolk.pnn.police.uk for organisations to request information, ask questions and send completed copies of the following ‘Excel Spreadsheet’ and ‘Application Check List’ / Police and Crime Commissioners Fund: Provider template (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 24.7KB)
Applications and questions will only be addressed via email.