Up to £620,000 is available to help victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Charities, groups and organisations working to support those who have experienced these awful crimes can apply for money via the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex.
However, groups must act quickly as the closing date for applications is Friday, June 5th.
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “We have just been told that the Ministry of Justice has secured £25 million as part of a £76 million Government package of support to charities which support vulnerable people. £20 million of that has been made available to PCCs across the country. In Essex w have been allocated up to £620,000 so if you think we can help your group, charity or organisation, get in touch with us now.”
The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex is already working with services it already funds such as Synergy (Essex Rape Crisis Partnership), EVIE (Domestic Abuse partnership) which have seen an impact to their services during the Coronavirus pandemic.
But some of the allocated money has been ringfenced and will be open to services not currently funded by the PFCC who need financial support because of the impact COVID-19 has had on them.
The criteria for this ringfenced fund are:
• You must be a registered charity, a charitable incorporated organisation, or a social enterprise, including companies limited by guarantee and community interest companies.
• You provide support services which have the purpose of helping victims of crime who reside in Essex cope with the impacts of crime, and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced.
• You have incurred cost since March 24th, 2020 due to COVID-19 in order to continue supporting victims of Domestic Abuse and/or Sexual Violence.
• You anticipate additional cost (up until October 31st, 2020) due to COVID-19 in order to support victims and survivors of Domestic Abuse and/or Sexual Violence.
To find out more and receive an application form email Kirsty.email@example.com
Applications must be received by June 5th, 2020.
Roger added: “Services who support some of our most vulnerable people have risen admirably to the challenges placed on them by the Coronavirus. I would like to thank everyone involved for all you are doing. If you think this money could help you, please get in touch via our website as soon as possible.”
If your enquiry relates to operational policing or a crime please contact Essex Police here