Police and Crime Commissioner COVID-19 Extraordinary Funding

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence

 

On 19 May 2020, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced a package of additional urgent funding in response to COVID-19. This is known as COVID-19 extraordinary funding. The funding is being made available to support people affected by Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence.

Dr Alan Billings, Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, said: “Whilst staying at home has been an important part of the strategy to prevent the spreading of coronavirus, for those people who are in abusive relationships being at home isn’t safe.”

“In the early stages of this situation we saw a reduction in complaints of domestic abuse but we are now seeing these rising as people are trapped at home and becoming increasingly more vulnerable and at risk.”

“I welcome this funding which will help vital organisations within South Yorkshire to provide services to protect victims and prevent perpetrators from exploiting lockdown to increase abuse.”

 

Dr Alan Billings has been allocated £474,000 from the MoJ to be distributed as follows:

  • DA abuse services that are already commissioned by PCCs (total amount available £237,000)
  • SV services that are already commissioned by PCCs and those that are not currently funded by PCCs (total amount available £118,500)
  • DA services that are not currently commissioned by PCCs (total amount available £118,500

 

To be eligible for the funding, organisations must be a registered charity, a charitable incorporated organisation, or a social enterprise, including companies limited by guarantee and community interest companies. They must provide support services which have the purpose of helping victims of crime cope with the impacts of crime, and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced.

The COVID-19 extraordinary funding is available to cover the period from 24th March to 31st October 2020 The funding is designed to meet the additional costs registered charities or social enterprises 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:

  • Address short term income disruption
  • 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
  • Address increased demand.

This list is not exhaustive and further details are available in the PCC Funding guidance document.

 

Application Process

 

To apply for the fund please complete the COVID-19 Extraordinary Funding Request Form.

Please refer to the PCC Funding guidance provided by the MoJ before completing the form.

The deadline for applications to this fund is close of business 5th June 2020 (we will accept applications up to 23:59 on that day).

Funding applications and annual accounts should be returned by email to grants@southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk

Enquiries about applications can be made by email to Marie Carroll via grants@southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk

 

All bids will be considered subject to evidencing the below:

  • that they meet the Government funding criteria set out throughout this guidance specifically:
    • organisational status
    • nature of primary service provision (must be DA/SV support only)
    • currently delivering services in the county
  • clearly evidence the need for additional financial support because of an increase in demand or because of COVID-19 has forced a change in working practices which incurred costs
  • can demonstrate funding costs have been incurred since March 24 or that funds can safely be spent within the specified time period (before October 31 ,2020)
  • whether the organisation has been able to access any other sources of funding
  • the risk to the continuation of service through Covid-induced cost pressures

For services not currently commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner, bids should:

  • evidence they can deliver services in partnership with existing commissioned providers as part of the ‘integrated model of support services in South Yorkshire’
  • evidence that they are not duplicating services already available
  • clearly demonstrate that they have robust operating practices, governance and management arrangements in place to support vulnerable victims of crime (this could be supported by evidencing existing commissioning relationships with other statutory agencies and enables the Police and Crime Commissioner to fulfil the requirement for conducting ‘due diligence’)

 

These checks will be made before any funding is issued to non-commissioned organisations.

 

Conditions of Local Funding Awards

All organisations will be formally notified by email if their bid as been successful in week commencing 15th June.

Organisations with successful bids for funding which are already funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner will receive stand-alone grant agreements covering this specific award.

Organisations who are not commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner will be required to sign a grant agreement and adhere to the terms and conditions set within in.

Grant agreements will be sent out in week commencing 15th June onwards. A purchase order will be released on receipt of a signed grant agreement.

These dates are subject to the police and crime commissioner receiving confirmation that the proposals to fund locally are approved. This is expected to be the 9th June.

All grant agreements will stipulate the requirement to complete monitoring returns at the end of the funding period. This will include accounting for the amounts awarded. It is likely this will be required in mid-November. A form will be provided at a later date.