Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) Funding Opportunity
The Merseyside Violence reduction Unit (VRU) has received funding from the Home Office for community interventions taking a preventative, public health approach to addressing violent crime in Merseyside. After further consultation with the Home Office, the VRU is now making available grant funding for voluntary, community and faith (VCF) organisations for violence reduction interventions.
The VRU has asked LCVS (and our CVS colleagues in VS6 across the City Region) to help allocate some of the funding for initiatives that work with young people under 25yrs . In Liverpool they have specified the following areas for support: Belle Vale; Croxteth; Norris Green; Garston; Tuebrook; Warbeck; Fazakerly; County; Anfield; Everton; Kirkdale; Speke; L8 (Toxteth and Dingle);Dovecot & Kensington
We will be holding a briefing session at 151 Dale Street on November 26th at 10am till 12pm which will look at;
- Background information
- Community of Practice Model
- How to apply
- Monitoring and Evaluation
To book your place please go to
Timeline: Please note that all projects will need to start in early to mid December 2019, with all project monies spent by 31st March 2020. We have been advised that as the funding is from Central Government there is no flexibility in the timeline and groups wishing to apply should take this into account. Groups should also note that there are two milestones for monitoring and evaluation and these are January 10th and April 10th; groups must be able to commit to supplying appropriate monitoring information in advance of these dates.
Given the tight timescale we will be running the programme as a Community of Practice which will bring together those groups funded through this initiative to help share best practice and learning. Groups who are successful must be willing to take part in the Community of Practice which will require attendance at a minimum of two meetings which we will time to fit in with the monitoring dates outlined above.
The total available in Liverpool is £180,000 and, given the timescales involved, we will be looking for realistically costed proposals from VCF groups who work in the specified areas above. Given the short timescale we will make the application process as simple as we can so that we can turn around applications quickly.
What the funding can be used for:
Funds can only be used for new interventions or as an uplift for an intervention that is already in place (by uplift, we mean extension of an intervention to a new group of young people)
Funds cannot be used to pay for anything that is already funded – i.e. direct duplication of funding.
ACES training: Successful projects will also need to send a minimum of two members of staff to a free of charge ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) training course in January 2020 (dates TBC).
 A Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do, and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.Back to blog