(2) whether organisations which had not previously received funding from his Department were able to apply for funding for 2009-10; and when he expects funding to be awarded to successful applicants.
The 2008-9 grants from the Victims Fund for organisations supporting victims of sexual violence have been renewed for this financial year. All the 39 organisations that we wrote to about the grant renewal process received a grant for this year.
Organisations that have not received previous funding were eligible to apply to the Victims Fund homicide round. This is now closed and grant awards will be made shortly by the Home Office. The Victims Fund hate crime will be made shortly by the Home Office. The Victims Fund hate crime round is currently open for applications and organisations that have not received previous funding are eligible to apply.