The Victims’ Fund is open to people affected by crime across Scotland, who are in urgent need of financial help as a result of what they have experienced. This may be especially relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic. People can access assistance worth up to £3,000, for a wide range of goods and services where they have no other access to funds.
The Victims’ Fund, which is administered by Victim Support Scotland, is open to any victim of crime who is resident in Scotland who is currently accessing victim and other support services. It is also available for people who live outside of Scotland who have been bereaved by a crime that has occurred within Scotland.
Additional eligibility requirements:
- There is an urgent identified need
- No other organisation can meet this need
- The crime has been reported to the Police or other organisation
- Funds provided require to be declared by the recipient
The Victims’ Fund is available for specific costs and items in the aftermath of a crime.
The funding is for the direct purchase or reimbursement of goods and services on behalf of the victim. In most cases, we would expect invoices or receipts to be submitted along with the application to verify the amount claimed and only in exceptional cases will we provide a cash sum to an applicant.
Examples of what the Fund can cover include: emergency household, food, utility or clothing expenses; costs to repair or replace damaged property or goods; contributions to funeral costs; removal costs; travel costs to place of safety or to attend court; or security equipment costs.
Please note that other types of expenditure will be considered if a need is identified.
Applications must be endorsed and submitted by a referral organisation* acting in their professional capacity.
Organisations can apply for funding on behalf of victims, but payments will not be made directly to these organisations.
To apply to the Fund, please email the completed application form to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you have submitted the application form, we will respond as soon as we can. If you have any enquiries about the fund, please email email@example.com.
*Referral organisations are support organisations, mostly in the third sector, who victims and their families are in touch with.
In March 2020, the Scottish Government increased the Victims’ Fund, administered by Victim Support Scotland, to £100,000 to help victims affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Find out more below.