Applications are now open for the Violence and Vulnerability Community Grant.
Organisations across Essex, Southend and Thurrock are once again invited to apply for the Violence and Vulnerability Community Grant 2024 – 25 to fund projects that have a positive impact on the issues around serious violence.
Local organisations are at the forefront of some amazing work that seeks to address issues such as knife harm, gangs, drugs, exploitation and lack of youth provision, and we are keen to support this work as much as we can.
Our 2024-2025 Violence and Vulnerability Community Grant (VVCG) is open to applications from local ‘not-for-profit’ voluntary or community clubs, or organisations based in, and therefore delivering in, Essex, Southend and Thurrock.
The VVCG is looking to fund projects that can run during April 2024 to December 2025, starting no later than Sunday 1 September 2024.
The closing date for applications is Friday 29 September 2023 at 12noon.
Groups can apply for up to £25,000 to deliver support and interventions for children, young people, young adults and families (families must include children, young people or young adults aged 0-24 inclusive).
Projects must demonstrate how they have a positive impact through protective factors on issues relating to serious violence.
In previous funding rounds grants have been awarded to projects that provide one to one support and mentoring, outdoor therapy sessions, youth club sessions, after-school clubs and support, sporting activities including drama and the arts, initiatives that run within schools, detached youth work and targeted support for vulnerable individuals – among many other things.
Projects must evidence they are meeting specific needs as highlighted on a local basis by young people in our Listening Report 2022 – 23. The Violence and Vulnerability Unit is keen to base the interventions funded on what young people tell us they need in their local area.
Listening to young people
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, and Chair of the Violence and Vulnerability Partnership said:
Young people have told us what support they want in their local area and now it is within our power to gift them that support. Listening to young people isn’t a token gesture, we want to act on their local knowledge and help ensure that there is targeted support in their communities that ensures they are safe, supported and safeguarded from risk.
Cllr Smruti Patel, Cabinet Member at Epping Forest District Council for Community, Health and Wellbeing said:
Young people play a very important part in our district – they are the future. We want them to feel secure in their own communities.
I urge any youth organisation to apply for this funding. They provide a support network outside of school, offering a safe space and the opportunity for young people to be heard on subjects that matter to them and their peers.
For more information visit Essex Council for Voluntary Youth Services
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