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 and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Merseyside 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.

Please click here to view the VRU funding application form.

Please click here for the Merseyside VRU Grant Funding Terms and Conditions 2019-20.