Communities and safety

Domestic Abuse support within safe accommodation small grants programme

Liverpool City Council is seeking to award grants of up to £50,000 to third-sector organisations to provide support to identified silver risk assessed victims of domestic abuse, as per Merseyside Risk Indicator Toolkit (MeRIT), who have a housing need (meeting the definition of safe accommodation - please refer to the grant specification). Partnership bids are welcome from organisations.

Applications open: Wednesday 3rd April 2024
Applications close: 5pm Friday 26th April 2024

Funding guidance

The total budget for this programme is £250,000, with a maximum of £50,000 per organisation. 

We have received guidance from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) stating what constitutes an appropriate use of Part 4 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 'new duties' funding. It states:

Domestic abuse support provided through the exercise of the functions in Part 4 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 includes the expert help provided to victims by the specialist staff in domestic abuse safe accommodation support services. It is recognised that some support is directly provided on site (e.g. within refuges) whereas other support will be provided to victims through a support worker visiting them, including in their own homes in the case of a sanctuary scheme. However, in all cases support is provided to victims who reside in relevant safe accommodation.

Who can apply?

If the above applies to your organisation and you can also answer yes to all of the following, you can submit an application.

  • Is your organisation based and/or operating in Liverpool?
  • Does your organisation have experience of providing Domestic Abuse support?
  • Is your organisation non-profit?
  • Does your organisation have all relevant policies, procedures and insurance in place to run the activities in your proposal?
  • Do all the staff and volunteers in your organisation who are in contact with children and young people or vulnerable adults have enhanced DBS checks?
  • Does your organisation have an up-to-date governing document?
  • Does your organisation currently have the minimum number of directors or trustees required by your governing document?
  • Are at least two of your organisations' directors/trustees unrelated to each other?
  • Do all of your directors perform the seven duties of company directors set out in Companies Act 2006?
  • Do all of your trustees perform the six legal and regulatory duties of trustees set out in the Charity Commission's core guidance?
  • Does your organisation have an active business bank account in the exact current name of the organisation?

You must also be able to answer no to the following:

  • Does your organisation intend to use this funding to promote political parties?
  • Does your organisation intend to use this funding to either practise or promote religion or religious beliefs?

We advise you to read the full guidance and scoring document before submitting your application to ensure your organisation falls under the 'safe accommodation' eligibility criteria. The programme must be for silver risk assessed (MeRIT) victim survivors.

How to apply

You can apply online below. You must provide the following details:

  • Proposed budget for your project and any other expected sources of funding and income.
  • Full details of the project you will be delivering
  • Project outcomes
  • What experience you have to deliver this project and how it will meet the needs of victims of Domestic Abuse.
  • Equality and inclusion
  • Assessment and reporting success, achievements and outcomes
  • Social value
  • Carbon footprint

All applications must be received by 5pm on Friday 26th April 2024.

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What happens next?

We will review all eligible applications and carry out the due diligence as outlined in the guidance and scoring document. Unsuccessful applicants will not have the right of appeal.

Further information

If you have a query that is not included in the guidance and scoring document please email