Grants now available for sports organisations working to prevent violence

Merseyside / November 05

New funding is now available for sports clubs and organisations which can harness the power of sport to raise the skills, aspirations and goals of young people to divert them away from crime.

The newly formed Merseyside Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is currently considering bids for early intervention projects tackling violent crime. It has been recognised that the sports sector will play a vital role in implementing interventions to prevent young people from becoming involved, or a victim, of crime.

This work was highlighted at a recent conference convened by the Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, with over 100 delegates attending on the day. The conference demonstrated the diversity of evidence-based interventions already being delivered by sports organisations in Merseyside.

The VRU has now appointed Healthy Stadia to commission projects from the sports sector through Home Office funding, further details of which are contained in this application form.

All projects will need to start in early December 2019, with all project monies spent by 31st March 2020. 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.

Key information

1) Areas of Delivery

Sports projects will need to target the following areas of Merseyside:

  • Knowsley (in particular Kirkby & Prescot)
  • Liverpool (in particular Tuebrook, Anfield, Walton, Toxteth)
  • Sefton (in particular South Sefton)
  • St Helens (in particular Parr)
  • Wirral (in particular Birkenhead / East Wirral)

2) 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 cohort or into a new area)
  • Funds cannot be used to pay for anything that is already funded – e. direct duplication of funding.

3) Funding available:

  • The maximum amount of funding that a single organisation can bid up to is £15,000
  • The maximum amount of funding a consortium of organisations can bid up to is £40,000 (Note: consortium applications will need to be submitted by a lead partner organisation, with details of all additional partners within the consortium provided in the project overview section below).

4) Key dates:

  • Projects will need to commence in early December
  • All project monies will need to be used by 31st March at the very latest
  • A brief monitoring report for the project will be needed by 10th January, and an end of project monitoring report by 10th April 2020.

How to apply for funding

Organisations interested in applying for this funding will need to download and complete the following documents:

Information on additional documents that need to be submitted (e.g. annual accounts, safeguarding policy) are detailed in the main application form.

All documents will need to be submitted by 10.00am on Monday 18th November to: [email protected] 

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Matthew Philpott at Healthy Stadia:

[email protected]  /  0151 237 2686