Published 20 May 2020

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Matthew Scott has been allocated an extra £624,000 to distribute to organisations who support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Kent.

Charities and other eligible groups are now being invited to bid into this pot of money, by 29 May.

Mr Scott said:

‘The Covid-19 outbreak has had a severe impact on local charities. Many of their normal fundraising activities are having to be cancelled at a time when more people staying at home means more vulnerable people at risk of abuse.

‘The Government has recognised that local support services need extra support themselves right now and I am delighted to have been granted more than £600,000 for Kent. I strongly urge local groups, whether already receiving funding from my office or not, to complete the application form on our website.’

The PCC’s £624,000 will be divided among three types of support services:

  • Domestic abuse services the PCC already commissions: £312,000
  • Domestic abuse services not currently commissioned by the PCC: £156,000
  • Sexual violence services, whether already commissioned by the PCC or not: £156,000

For more information, or to make an application for funding, visit the OPCC website.

While this money from the Ministry of Justice is specifically for the PCC to award to services which work with victims of domestic abuse or sexual violence, Mr Scott is also planning to launch his own separate funding stream very soon to support other community organisations which have seen their finances impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak.

He said:

‘Whether organisations have identified a need to create new services specifically to respond to Covid-19, or are having to spend money on things like IT to support existing clients remotely, I want to do all I can to help these groups - many of which rely on volunteers - to help others in these unprecedented times.’