SBS has set up a No Recourse Fund (NRF) to support destitute migrant victims of gender-based abuse who have insecure immigration status and are subject to the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) rule. The Fund will help with housing and living costs for a temporary period.

The aim is to enable victims to access a refuge or safe accommodation in order to escape gender-based abuse including domestic and sexual violence, prostitution and trafficking and harmful practices such as forced marriage and so called ‘honour’ based violence.

Criteria and conditions

  • The NRF is open to all victims including children across the UK experiencing gender-based violence and are subject to the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) rule. Whilst the NRF has been set up to provide assistance to all migrants, priority will be given to those who have no established route to settlement. In all cases, referrals must be made by organisations from the third sector or local authorities or other public bodies.
  • The NRF is a ‘last resort’ fund which means that it will only be available in circumstances where all other avenues of financial support including local authority support and support via the DDVC have been exhausted or are non-existent.
  • The NRF will provide financial support to referral agencies to cover rent and subsistence costs for a maximum period of 12 or 16 weeks. The amount payable will depend on where the victim is living and will be based on local authority housing allowance and asylum support rates. Additional support may be available for a limited period in exceptional circumstances.
  • Acceptance onto the scheme is subject to compliance with eligibility, evaluation, outcome surveys and any other monitoring requirements.
  • Payments to referral agencies will be in arrears and will be subject to the satisfactory filing of all receipts in respect of expenditure incurred and the completion of all relevant paperwork.
  • Organisations and recipients of the NRF may be required to participate in focus groups or interviews for the purposes of evaluation.

You can apply to the SBS NRF through two routes:

Route 1 is a route to support that is funded by the Home Office as part of the SMV scheme. It is available to third sector organisations, local authorities and other statutory organisations in the UK that are supporting destitute migrant victims of domestic abuse and need additional financial support to cover rental and subsistence costs.

Route 2 is a route to support that is funded by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), London and is open to organisations who want to refer women who live in London who are subject to gender-based violence and in need of both financial and advocacy support (for more information about the MOPAC funded project.

If you are unsure about whether or not the referral you wish to make falls under the above categories, please apply via Route 1. SBS is also able to exercise discretion in providing support to a limited number of women using additional funds that have been raised through donations and other sources.

Route 1
The Southall Black Sisters No Recourse Fund application form for housing and subsistence costs for women who are subjected to gender-based violence, immigration and no recourse to public funds problems.

Please fill in the form below to access the relevant documents.

Route 2
Are you an organisation applying for the No Recourse Fund for your client?

Are you an organisation referring your client based in London who is subject to immigration control and requires advocacy support with no recourse to public funds issues?

Please fill in the form below to access the relevant documents.

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