Liverpool CSP Violence Reduction Partnership Grants Programme

Citysafe – Liverpool’s Community Safety Partnership- are launching a £180k grant fund to support delivery of the public health approach to violence reduction.

This places an emphasis on a collective and partnership approach; therefore Liverpool City Council and the Community Foundation for Merseyside are operating a grants programme to local organisations focused on targeted geographical areas (priority wards), based on the areas of highest need.

The closing date for applications is 28 August 2020. Groups should hear the outcome by 19 September and successful applicants will need to deliver their projects and have spent the allocated funding by 31 March 2021.

What is the fund?

The Citysafe Violence Reduction grant round will fund work in Liverpool which supports young people at risk of youth violence which can be delivered whilst adhering to UK government social distancing guidelines. It is linked to the work of the city’s DISARM strategic partnership and covers the following thematic areas identified in the Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership Strategy;

  • Early Help (including engagement and outreach)
  • Early Years
  • Speech and Language Therapy and school readiness
  • Youth Diversion and outreach (including provision of safe spaces for young people to meet)
  • Targeted Interventions with at risk young people
  • Local Education initiatives (especially workforce development, Criminal Exploitation and online grooming awareness)

The fund is open to community organisations in all parts of Liverpool though priority will be given to work undertaken in (or with young people resident within) the following wards of the city:

  • Everton
  • Anfield
  • Princes Park
  • Riverside
  • Speke/ Garston
  • Kirkdale
  • Kensington and Tuebrook
  • County

How much funding can organisations apply for?

Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are available and the grants panel anticipate awarding a variety of different sized projects within the budget available. Grants awarded will be proportionate to the turnover of the organisation(s) applying.

What activities and work will it fund?

This grant round will focus on funding the following activity that can be delivered whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines, specifically:

  • Youth Work projects – Projects that provide outreach/detached/ remote youth work to engage children and YP at risk of criminality/exploitation
  • Provision of safe spaces for YP – Fitness and wellness based provision/community and youth activity provision/provision of physical spaces to meet
  • Face-to-face activity delivered within schools, including activities to help vulnerable young people return to school
  • Workforce Development- particularly in schools to help them to deal with issues such as DA, CE, mental health enabling identification of early warning signs, using appropriate language, gain trust and know how to deal with vulnerable C&YP
  • CE and online grooming parental and C&YP’s guidance and campaign to promote awareness to young people and their parents.
  • Mentoring Projects- including girl’s projects/youth mentoring/school support schemes/positive role model projects/volunteer mentoring

The grants panel are also looking for applications which:

  • Consider contingencies in the event of further Covid 19 disruption wherever possible or feasible.
  • Demonstrate sustainability and long-term social, economic and environmental value beyond the funding period
  • Focus on the outcomes of increasing the community and young people’s resilience, feelings of safety and raising aspirations.
  • Demonstrate how the project will work with citizens as equal partners

Who can apply?

Voluntary, community and faith organisations, registered charities, not for profit social businesses and public sector bodies.

What cannot be funded?

  • Individuals
  • Organisations with less than 3 unrelated Trustees/Directors/Management Committee members
  • Projects and activities classed as a statutory responsibility
  • Private Businesses or CICs limited by shares
  • Retrospective funding
  • Politically connected or exclusively religious activities

How to apply?

Please visit the Community Foundation for Merseyside’s website.

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