Charities which provide specialist support to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence are being invited to submit bids for vital funding by the region’s Police Commissioner.

Emily Spurrell is encouraging charities who support vulnerable victims to bid for additional Ministry of Justice funding, worth £15.7m nationally.

The money is designed to provide a vital cash boost to specialist community-based support services to further expand the support they can provide for those who have survived these crimes.

This includes organisations which provide tailored support services to help victims of rape, sexual violence, sexual abuse, honour-based abuse and stalking, cope with the impact of the crime and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced.

The funding will be provided to successful recipients for 2022/23, but has the potential to be extended for a further two years.

Funding process

Any organisation wishing to be considered for funding for additional funding in Merseyside is asked to:

  • Read the application guidance, including the terms and conditions, in the Needs Assessment (below)
  • Complete the Need Assessment document (below) and email to the OPCC at [email protected]
  • Submit the document by by 1pm on Wednesday 27th April 2022.

Any bids received after this deadline cannot and will not be considered.

What is not in scope?

Funding cannot be used:

  • to provide accommodation or the support services within;
  • to support victims of any other crime type;
  • for perpetrator interventions;
  • capital works such as building repairs;
  • for goods or services that have been bought or ordered before 1 April 2022;   
  • to pay for any outstanding debts prior to 1 April 2022; or
  • to provide support for victims who live outside of Merseyside.

Please note, this funding opportunity is now closed.