Wednesday, March 04, 2009


Third sector groups in England and Wales only have until 3 April to
bid for support from a £4.5 million fund that hopes to steer young
people away from a life of gun and knife crime.

Charities, social enterprises and community groups are urged to apply
for grants worth up to £10,000 from the Home Office Community Fund.

The scheme, which is aiming to tackle gang crime across a number of
key “hot spot” areas, is looking to support organisations that have a
strong track record of working with vulnerable young people.

It will offer funding to provide mentoring, outreach work and
educational activities for young people involved, or at risk of
becoming involved, in gang crime.

Projects must take place in one of the following Tackling Knives
Action Programme police force areas:

* Essex.
* London.
* Lancashire.
* West Yorkshire.
* Merseyside.
* West Midlands.
* Greater Manchester.
* Thames Valley.
* Nottinghamshire.
* South Wales.
* Northumbria.
* South Yorkshire.
* Bedfordshire.

In addition, they must also look to address at least one of the
following key themes:

* Reducing knife crime amongst young people.
* Reducing gun crime and gang-related violence amongst young people.
* Combating and changing the negative influence of delinquent peer groups.
* Preventing young people from initially becoming involved with
gun, knife and gang-related crime.
* Breaking the cycle of re-offending amongst younger people.

Applications will be assessed against a range of criteria, including
the project’s potential impact, who will benefit from the activities,
and the applicant’s capability to carry out the project successfully.

Launching the programme last month, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said:

“Everyone has a role to play in tackling knife crime and getting
knives off our streets. We all need to stand shoulder to shoulder.”

Bids for funding must be made by 3 April, with the successful groups
set to be revealed by the end of May. It is anticipated that up to 150
organisations will receive support.

For more information and to download application forms, visit:

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