Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund

Funding to support revenue costs of domestic abuse safe accommodation services who provide beds and critical help to victims and their children during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

Charities (and benevolent or philanthropic organisations) providing domestic abuse safe accommodation services in England can bid for a grant of up to £100,000 to support revenue costs associated with maintaining existing services and additional capacity to meet increase in demand during the period 1 April to 30 September 2020. Bids for over £100,000 can be applied for but only by consortia demonstrating exceptional value for money. Deadline: 21st May

The funding can help with:
  • Maintaining existing services (where not met by other income sources or fundable from existing resources of charity) such as:
    • Staffing costs for additional staff cover.
    • Purchasing of essential supplies, such as food and toiletries for residents where usual support channels are unavailable.
    • Meeting additional COVID-19 costs, such as deep cleaning.
    • Purchasing office equipment to enable remote working where this is practicable.
  • Costs of services for additional capacity to help address increased demand, including accommodation costs of additional bedspaces and staff to support these additional victims.
Applications are ‘strongly’ encouraged from consortias of service provider partners. The funding is from MHCLG pot of £10 million for domestic abuse safe accommodation charities as part of a £76 million government package of support to charities supporting vulnerable people including domestic abuse victims. Details and application form at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/domestic-abuse-safe-accommodation-covid-19-emergency-support-fund 

For VAL's regular funding opportunities to groups in Leeds go to: https://doinggoodleeds.org.uk/sources-of-grant-funding.html