On 2 May 2020, the Government announced extra funding to support vulnerable people during the Covid-19 outbreak including £25m to be administered by the Ministry of Justice through Police and Crime Commissioners.
The Kent PCC has been allocated up to £624,000 of that £25m, depending on the need identified in Kent.
The funding is broken down into three areas:
  • 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

The funding will cover contingency funding needs from 24 March 2020 (first day of lockdown) to 31 October 2020. Funding may be used to cover both incurred and anticipated additional costs due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For example, funding may be used to:

  • address short term income disruption;
  • meet essential costs of sustaining current activities, such as 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; and
  • address increased demand.
To apply for this funding organisations must be a registered charity, a charitable incorporated organisation, or a social enterprise, including companies limited by guarantee and community interest companies. You 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.

To apply, please complete the updated updated updated extraordinary funding request form and return it to us via email to pcc.commissioning@kent.police.uk by the end of Friday 5 June. This deadline has been extended from the previous deadline of 29 May following further communications from the Ministry of Justice.

If you are also applying for funding from other Government departments please ensure there is no overlap in the requests made.