The profile of a woman in distress
The profile of a woman in distress

Grants available to support victims of domestic abuse

Liverpool City Council is seeking to award grants of up to £50,000 to third sector organisations to provide support to victims of domestic abuse who have a housing need.

Liverpool City Council has 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.

The DLUHC guidance states support provided outlined in the act includes the expert help provided to victims by 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.

There is a total budget of £250,000 available for these projects.

Organisations can apply for a maximum of £50,000 and only one application per organisation will be considered.

Application Closing Date: 5pm on Friday 26th April 2024.

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 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?

How to apply

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
  • Experience and Skills
  • Equality and Inclusion
  • Assessment and Reporting
  • Social Value
  • Carbon Footprint

Please read the accompanying Grant Specification Document before completing this application. The programme must be for silver risk assessed (MeRIT) victim survivors.

Apply online here for the safe accommodation small grants programme.

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 Grant Specification document please email

Useful links:

Domestic Abuse Act 2021 – Definition of Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse Act 2021 – Part 4

Domestic Abuse Act 2021 – Statutory Guidance

Liverpool’s Safe Accommodation Strategy

Liverpool Waterfront