Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has announced £200,000 is being invested through the region’s Violence Reduction Partnership (VRP) to build brighter futures for young people across the region.

The Arts | Culture | Sport Fund has been set up to offer greater opportunities for thousands of young people, helping them to gain valuable skills, build their confidence and make positive decisions for the future.

More than 8,500 young people benefitted from the activities and projects run by 20 grassroots organisations with last year’s funding, gaining qualifications in mental health awareness and first aid, learning digital skills, photography and acting and taking part in dance workshops, street arts sessions and sports camps.

The money will be focused in areas of Merseyside which have seen the highest levels of violence and the biggest cuts to youth services, with the aim of providing greater support for young people and helping to steer them away from trouble.                                                                                             

Community groups, charities and third sector organisations can now submit their bids for up to £15,000 of funding for projects which will run until the end of March.                                

Grassroots organisations which are interested in applying are invited to get advice and support to submit a bid at a drop-in Q&A event between 10am and 12noon on Tuesday 12th September at Kirkdale Community Fire Station.

All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 4pm on Monday 2nd October 2023.

This fund in now closed