In 2015 Public Health England published a report on disability and domestic violence. The report reviewed the published evidence and statistical information about domestic violence affecting disabled people; it highlighted that disabled people experience disproportionately higher rates of domestic abuse than non-disabled people.
The Home Office is seeking to tackle domestic abuse by allocating £250,000 grant funding (from April 2018 to March 2020) for interventions designed to support disabled victims of domestic abuse aged 16 and over, and to improve capacity within the wider domestic abuse sector to respond appropriately to disabled victims. Submissions are welcome from statutory (e.g. local commissioners, be they PCCs, local authorities or health commissioners, across England and Wales) as well as consortium bids incorporating larger and smaller organisations (but they must have a legal lead.) Bidders should note that a Home Office condition of any grant funding will be that the grant recipients are not permitted to charge, apply fees to or require payment for any activity provided in connection with this Grant Agreement or otherwise use the grant to undertake or engage in activities that result in commercial gain or profit. All bids must be for the two financial years only, and bidders must be able to demonstrate the ability to spend their entire potential award by the 31 March 2020. All submission will be evaluated using the criteria made available in the tender documentation. All successful organisations will be allocated funding centrally via a Grant Agreement from the Home Office. The process leading to the award of the grant will be administered by the Public Protection Unit through the Authority inbox DisabledVictimsFund@homeoffice.gov.uk and all submissions must be made to the above email address in word format. To take part in this grant funding opportunity, please see the ‘how to apply’ guidance below which provides important instructions for the application process.
Whilst funding will not be awarded until January 2019 at the earliest, Bidders should be aware that organisations may bid for costs already incurred since 01 April 2018, provided any expenditure that is retrospectively funded can be proven to have delivered the same outcomes and impacts that are being sought by this funding. This should not be construed as a guarantee that funding will be made available retrospectively from 01 April 2018, and Bidders must acknowledge that the Authority will have the sole discretion for all consideration of whether an activity that had already commenced was replicating this funding having provided sufficient evidence to support any entitlement to retrospective funding being backdated to 01 April 2018.