Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership | Sports, Arts and Culture Fund | Now Open for Applications

Deadline: 4 PM on Monday 2 October 2023.

The Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership (MVRP) has been awarded funding from the Home Office to enable the partnership to continue its work to prevent serious violence. Part of the MVRP funding has been allocated via this grant programme in partnership with the Community Foundation for Merseyside and Merseyside Sports Partnership.

The fund is targeted at arts, culture and sports activities that support young people aged under 25 years who may be more vulnerable to experiencing violence. This could be due to a lack of self-esteem, experiencing challenges at home, they may live in a community where drugs and alcohol are prevalent, or the community may lack infrastructure and accessible services. All these factors are recognised as increasing vulnerability to experiencing violence and/or exploitation.

They suggest that the minimum grant applied for is £5,000 and maximum grant is £15,000 although larger grants can be considered for partnership proposals that involve multiple delivery partners.  Please note that the total fund is approximately £200,000 and they expect to receive a range of applications from individual groups and consortium/partnerships. The grants panel will award grants that are proportionate to the turnover of the organisation(s) applying.

The panel are looking to support organisations working with young people in either arts and culture or sports, but applications can be considered for collaborations of both. The panel are also keen for organisations to include capacity building costs of the organisation and would encourage consortium/partnership applications that will allow groups to work together. The primary focus of the fund is community provision and out of school hours engagement.

Interventions/programmes delivered must fall into one of the following types:

  • Prevention – Awareness-raising or psycho-social education programmes
  • Early Intervention – Developmental and diversionary youth outreach activities and programmes
  • Therapeutic – Tailored interventions and programmes
  • Desistence – Programmes which aim to cease offending or reoffending

Please note that funding must be spent in full by 31 March 2024.

To learn more and to apply, please click here.

Deadline: 4 PM on Monday 2 October 2023.

They aim to make decisions by the beginning of November 2023 therefore the expectation is that funding delivery should be between November 2023 and March 2024.

For more information on this fund, please join them for an informal drop-in session on Tuesday 12 September 2023 at Kirkdale Fire Station between 10 AM and 12 PM. They will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding the fund and your application.

Address: Kirkdale Fire Station (Bankhall Fire Station, Derby Road, Kirkdale, L20 8EQ).

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