Got a question about the Sexual Abuse Victim Support Fund? Our FAQs below could provide the answer.
Additional information is also available on the application details page. If you can’t find the answer to your query, please contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and make ‘Sexual Abuse Victim Support Fund’ the subject of your message.
Please keep an eye on this page. We will update these FAQs as the process continues to stay up-to-date with the questions you are asking.
1. What is the purpose of these funds?
There are two Funds that have been established:
- The Child Abuse Inquiry Support Fund, worth £2m, has been established to support non-statutory organisations in England and Wales which have experienced an increase in demand as a direct result of the announcement of the Child Abuse Inquiry on 7 July 2014.
- The Child and Adult Victims of Sexual Abuse Support Fund, worth £2.85m, has been established for non-statutory organisations in England and Wales providing support to victims of sexual abuse to help meet the increased demand on those services.
2. Who is eligible to apply?
All non-statutory organisations in England and Wales that meet the requirements of the criteria for either of the funds are eligible to apply.
3. Can an organisation apply to both funds?
4. Do we have to provide match funding? Will it enhance our bid if we show evidence of match funding?
No, but it will enhance your bid if you show evidence of match funding.
5. How do organisations submit bids?
Bids must be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com*
The bidding template and assessment criteria are available to download from the application details page.
All bids must be signed off by the person with the ultimate financial responsibility for the organisation e.g. the chief financial officer, the treasurer or the finance director.
*Please note there is a 18MB limit for bids submitted through the dedicated email address. If your bid exceeds this limit, it may not reach us and therefore not be considered for application.
6. If I am applying for funding to recover retrospective costs, what evidence do you require?
Your application requires you to provide accurate costings, which should be validated by the chief finance officer, treasurer or finance director of your organisation.
7. What do you mean by revenue expenditure?
8. What do you mean by capital expenditure?
Capital assets are usually those that last for more than one year but your accounting policies will define capital and a minimum value below which purchases are not capitalised by your organisation. Capital assets are those which go on to the balance sheet and are depreciated over their estimated life. Personal computers might be an example.
9. What outcomes are you looking for as a result of the support being funded?
Bids must outline a detailed description of how the types of support provided will lead to improvement for the victim against some or all of the following five areas:
- Improved health and wellbeing
- Increased safety and perceptions of safety
- Feeling informed
- Improved experience of the criminal justice system.
10. When will the bidding process close?
Bidding for the funds opened on 2 February 2015 and will close at 5pm on 2 March 2015.
11. Will it possible to have an extension on the deadline for the submission of bids?
Unfortunately we are unable to allow any extensions beyond the 2 March 2015 deadline. We are keen to provide funding to those organisations that demonstrate the most need of immediate support, and therefore must keep to the allotted timetable.
12. Will I receive an acknowledgement that my bid has been received?
Yes – all bids submitted by the deadline will receive an e-mail acknowledgement containing a unique reference number that should be quoted in all future correspondence. If you do not receive an acknowledgement then it is important that you let us know, no later than Tuesday 3 March 2015.
13. Is there a minimum or maximum value for individual bids?
No, there is no minimum or maximum value for bids – but applicants will be required to state whether their bid is scalable as we are anticipating a large number of applications.
14. Will supporting documentation be considered?
Bids will be considered primarily on the basis of the information included in the bidding pro-forma. However, bidders can attach relevant supporting documentation where they consider it appropriate to do so.
15. How much detail can we provide in the sections of the form where word limits have not been given?
You should aim to provide as much detail as you think is necessary to allow your bid to be assessed against the set criteria.
16. Who should sign off the application?
All bids must be signed off by the person with the ultimate financial responsibility for your organisation – chief financial officer, treasurer or finance director.
17. How will the bidding process be managed and assessed?
All bids to both funds are subject to a robust and thorough assessment against a published set of criteria:
- Bids will be subjected to an initial panel assessment by Home Office staff against the published criteria
- The initial assessment will be further considered by a senior oversight board, chaired by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, which will make final decisions on those bids that will received funding.
18. When will the decisions be announced?
We will work to conclude the assessment process as quickly as possible, but need to ensure that we allow adequate time to give full consideration to the expected large number of potentially complex bids. We expect to notify successful bidders by the end of March 2015.
19. Can we apply for multiple years’ funding?
Fund 1 – The Child Abuse Inquiry Support Fund:
You may bid for funds relating to activities that have already taken place and where costs have been incurred as a direct result of the announcement of the Child Abuse inquiry on 7 July 2014 during the 2014/15 financial period (7 July 2014 to 31 March 2015) and which will continue into the 2015/16 financial year (ending 31 March 2016).
Fund 2 – The Child and Adult Victims of Sexual Abuse Support Fund:
You may bid for funds relating to activities that have already taken place and where costs have been incurred during the financial period 2014/15 (1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015) and financial period 2015/16 (1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.
The funds will not cover any period beyond that.
20. When/how will payments be made?
- Payments will be made from the first week in April 2015 in accordance with the Grant Agreement Schedule 3 and may be prioritised according to the circumstances of individual organisations.
- Organisations must send an invoice to us in accordance with Schedule 3.
- Payment will be made immediately if the recipient has applied for funding to cover costs already incurred.
- The balance will be paid by two instalments in advance and the first of these will be paid with funding to cover costs already incurred.
21. How and how often will grants be monitored and evaluated?
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk will monitor the use of grant funding and the delivery of outcomes on a quarterly basis using a standard monitoring form.
22. What is ‘supporting evidence’?
Supporting evidence could be (Please note: suggested list, not exhaustive):
- Physical letter(s) of support for your project from a PCC(s), local authority or partnership or bid signed off by all supporting parties.
- Proof of agreed additional financial support for your project from a PCC(s), local authority or partnership.
- Letter(s) of support for your project from a PCC(s), local authority or partnerships. Letter(s) could contain specific detail of the need for the proposed project/service with data/statistics that endorse this need.
- Letter(s) of support for your project from PCC(s), local authority or partnerships in which a pilot for the project has taken place and been successful and this is an application for continued funding for 2015/16
23. Internet provider capacity
Applicants should check with their internet service provider to ensure that when sending their application ( bid/attachments) their internet service provider has the capacity to deliver the files. Failure to do so could result in applicants not being alerted if their email has not reached its intended destination and therefore there is a danger the deadline could be missed.
24. Number of Applications per fund
Organisations can send more than one application. There is no limit on how many applications you can send in to either fund.
25. Completed Information
If applicants do not have and/or are unable to provide all of the documents requested in the section “Application Checklist” on Page 14 of the blank Application Form with the completed application form, applications will still be processed and considered.