Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership – Sports, Arts and Culture Fund

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.

What is the fund?

The fund is targeted at sports, arts and culture-based 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.

The panel are looking to support organisations working with young people in either sports or arts and culture 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.

How much funding can organisations apply for?

They suggest that the minimum grant applied for is £5,000 and maximum grant is £50,000 although larger grants can be considered for partnership proposals that involve multiple delivery partners. Please note that the total fund is approximately £460,000 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.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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