Wednesday, February 8, 2017 

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Charities and groups offering specialist support to victims of crimes in Kent can now apply for a share of a £500,000 pot of money.


Inviting bids into his Specialist Victims Services Fund for 2017/18, Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott said: 'All PCCs are responsible for commissioning victims’ services in their local areas. In Kent, the charity Victim Support has a three-year contract to deliver core support services to victims of crime from Compass House and at its community Compass Points.


'The Victim Support team does a fantastic job, but I recognise some victims with particularly complex needs require more specialist care and support. That’s where the Specialist Victims Services Fund comes in.


'I'm looking to back projects which support victims with their long term recovery from crime, or support people with complex unmet needs. Alternatively, or in addition, the project might support hate crime victims, young people, male domestic violence victims, victims from under-represented communities or those with protected characteristics such as the LGBT community or the disabled.'


Last year the fund provided services including counselling for victims of rape and sexual assault; help for deaf women and girls who were victims of domestic abuse; and support for hate crime victims with autism or learning disabilities.


In 2017/18, the maximum grant available per project is £35,000 although Mr Scott is allowing organisations who received funding last year to resubmit bids for service continuation to the same value as their current allocation.


Mr Scott added: 'I will not be funding services where other statutory funding has been withdrawn recently or where the service is duplicating existing services in the county.'

To apply for funding:

Bids must be received by Friday March 3.

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