Do you have an idea to reduce violent crime within Knowsley? This time sensitive opportunity of funding to boost capacity will be of interest.

Merseyside Police has been allocated funding to combat the surge of violent crime throughout the region through their Merseyside Violence Reduction Unit (VRU). As a new initiative, One Knowsley has been selected to administer the allocation of circa £50,000 funds to Knowsley-based community organisations. This allocation of funding will be delivered in partnership with the Safer Knowsley Partnership who have also received funding working within the same timescales.

Merseyside VRU funding for community organisations has been made possible as part of the wider work of One Knowsley and their work with VS6 and ongoing programme with CVS organisations in Liverpool, Sefton, Halton, St Helens and the Wirral. Working in partnership throughout Liverpool City Region and closely with Merseyside Police to enable a social and public health approach to tackling crime.

Please note that this funding should be used to target young people aged 16-25 and specifically aimed at tackling knife crime and how these young people are being criminally exploited through gangs and culture.

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.

Please call One Knowsley on 0151 489 1222 or email to access the application form and the monitoring and evaluation form.

Here are some key dates, please note there is no flexibility on these dates:
The closing date for applications is Friday 13th December 2019.
The dates for the monitoring and evaluation form are Friday 10th January 2020 and Friday 10th April 2020.
The project must be completed by March 31st 2020.

Key points to keep in mind:
At least one person from your organisation must attend a mandatory ACES training session (date tbc).
You will be required to attend two Community of Practice events (28th January 2020 and  17th March 2020 – 9am – 12pm, Court Hey Park)

The priority areas for this funding are: Kirkby, Halewood, Huyton and Prescot.

Once the application form is complete please send that together with the supporting information (outlined under the declaration page) to