Published 21 January 2019

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Groups which offer specialist help to victims of crime are being invited to bid for up to £50,000 from the Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott.
Mr Scott is responsible for commissioning services to support victims in the county – whether they choose to report their crime to the police or not.
He launched his Victim Specialist Services Fund for 2019/20 on the day the Government published its draft domestic abuse bill which is aimed at providing enhanced support for victims of crime and their families.

Mr Scott said:

‘I am committed to ensuring there are appropriate services available in Kent which help all victims of crime cope with what has happened to them, and hopefully help them move on with their lives.
‘The projects I will be supporting must offer their services for free alongside the help already provided by Victim Support from Compass House. Some victims need extra help because of their vulnerability. Previously I have used this fund to help victims of domestic abuse or child sexual assault, for example.’

Projects offering help and support across all of Kent and Medway will be eligible for the full £50,000. Other, more local, projects will also be considered but the amount of funding being asked for should reflect their potential client base.
Groups interesting in applying for funding can do so by completing a form from the OPCC website where they can also view the grant funding conditions in full. The deadline for applications is 12noon on Friday February 22.
Successful recipients will be announced in March, ahead of the new financial year. All will be expected to demonstrate how taxpayers’ money, awarded by the PCC, is making a difference to the lives of victims in our communities and supporting the priorities outlined in his Police and Crime Plan, Safer in Kent.