The fund has been set up to support community projects which reduce knife crime and have a positive impact on young people at risk of carrying a knife and committing crime. The fund is open to voluntary and community sector groups and the Home Office has made £500,000 available in 2017 to 2018. We are inviting bids for funding for projects of up to £20,000 although we will consider bids for greater funding for projects with collaboration between partners.
Bids will be assessed on the extent to which they demonstrate:
- delivery of outcomes to stop knife crime
- a proven track record of delivering local interventions
- ability to work with children and young people
- value for money
- how they will work in partnership with other projects and services already being delivered in the local area
How to apply
The deadline for submission of bids is 31 October and please limit responses to a maximum of 4 pages. We will then inform successful organisations by end of November and, providing financial details are provided promptly, will transfer the funds in December. The funds are to be spent by 31 March 2018.
Please submit all bids to Knife.Community.Fund@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) in London has also announced they will have a community fund to support local anti-knife projects in London, and more details about the fund will be provided shortly. Although the funds are separate, the Home Office and MOPAC will share information on bids where relevant (unless you indicate otherwise).