Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership – Sports, Arts and Culture Fund

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Please read the Essential Information before applying. 

The Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership (MVRP) has been awarded funding from the Home Office to enable the partnership to continue its work to prevent serious violence. Part of the MVRP funding has been allocated via this grant programme in partnership with the Community Foundation for Merseyside and Merseyside Sports Partnership.


What is the fund?

The fund is targeted at sports, arts and culture based activities that support young people aged under 25 years who may be more vulnerable to experiencing violence. This could be due to a lack of self-esteem, experiencing challenges at home, they may live in a community where drugs and alcohol are prevalent, or the community may lack infrastructure and accessible services. All these factors are recognised as increasing vulnerability to experiencing violence and/or exploitation.

The panel are looking to support organisations working with young people in either sports or arts and culture but applications can be considered for collaborations of both. The panel are also keen for organisations to include capacity building costs of the organisation and would encourage consortium/partnership applications that will allow groups to work together. The primary focus of the fund is community provision and out of school hours engagement.


Interventions/programmes delivered must fall into one of the following types:


Please note that funding must be spent in full by 31st March 2023.

The Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership (MVRP) has identified the top Wards by analysing several datasets utilising the Trauma & Injury Intelligence Group Data Hub.  These datasets include:

From these datasets, the top wards for each local authority were identified and then totalled together to produce a grand list of the top wards across the Merseyside region.  As can be seen, each local authority is represented along with a count to show how many times that ward featured across the datasets. These top wards demand the most in terms of blue light services, and may also feature within the DfE and IMD datasets. 


St Helens                                                                                       Liverpool

• Town Centre [9]                                                                        • Central [3]

• Parr [5]                                                                                        • County [3]

                                                                                                        • Riverside [2]

Sefton                                                                                            • Tuebrook & Stoneycroft [2]

• Linacre [8]                                                                                  • Norris Green [3]

• Duke’s [4]

• St Oswald [4]                                                                              Knowsley

• Litherland [3]                                                                            • Northwood [8]

                                                                                                        • Stockbridge [3]

                                                                                                        • Page Moss [2]                                                                        


• Bidston & St James [7]

• Birkenhead & Tranmere [7]

• Leasowe & Morton East [2]

• Seacombe [2]


Based on local feedback, we would also encourage proposals for:


Knowsley                                                 Liverpool                                  Wirral

• Whiston                                                  • Princes Park                          • Upton

• Prescot Town Centre                           • Picton

• Halewood


Funding will be prioritised to organisations based within these communities; however, if you are not based within these communities but have identified a need locally, you are still able to apply as long as your application can fully evidence this need and explain how these resources will have a significant impact on tackling these issues.


How much funding can organisations apply for?

We suggest that the minimum grant applied for is £5,000 and maximum grant is £50,000 although larger grants can be considered for partnership proposals that involve multiple delivery partners.  Please note that the total fund is approximately £460,000 and we expect to receive a range of applications from individual groups and consortium/partnerships. The grants panel will award grants that are proportionate to the turnover of the organisation(s) applying.


A wide range of sports, arts and culture based engagement and prevention activities that meet the below target outcomes can be considered:


Young people’s voices:

The MVRP is extremely keen to involve the community, particularly young people (under 25yrs), in this process to ensure that young people are central to the provision and youth-directed provision is favoured where possible. Applications should therefore include some evidence of young people being involved in the co-production, co-design or co-evaluation of programmes/projects.


Capacity Building:

This fund is keen to support organisational and people development in addition to project and service delivery; therefore it is a requirement that part of the grant requested includes capacity building costs for your organisation.  In the main, this is dependent on your organisation’s needs and the application form will ask for information on this.  Please note that, in order to ensure that delivery aligns with the VRPs strategic priorities, there will be a mandatory requirement for all successful organisations to engage in trauma informed training and more detail will be provided on this at a later stage.  Capacity building could also include staff and volunteer training, strategy/leadership development, financial planning and website development (this list is not exclusive).


North West Mental Health and Sport and Physical Activity Hub:
MSP coordinate Mind’s local Mental Health and Sport and Physical Activity Network. All applicants, and those who engage with this network, will have the opportunity to access a free Mind Mental Health Awareness eLearning qualification. You just need to contact MSP for free access codes (contact details below).  You don’t need to wait until the application process is completed, anyone can get involved with the network and access free eLearning.



Please note that the fund will be evaluated by a third party and it will be a condition of grant that successful applicants will engage with the evaluator. 


Who can apply?

Voluntary, community and faith organisations, registered charities, not-for-profit social businesses and public sector bodies for non-statutory based provision.


What cannot be funded?


How to apply?

Please visit the Community Foundation for Merseyside’s website - – and complete an online application form (available on the fund page for this grant programme). Once you have submitted the online application, you will need to send the documents listed below. You can attach the documents to your online application, or email them to


Closing Date
4pm Friday 2nd September 2022


We aim to make decisions by early October 2022 therefore the expectation is that funding delivery should be between October 2022 and March 2023.

Who to contact:

If you have any questions about the arts and culture delivery, please contact CFM.

Kelly Court, Programmes Manager:

Programmes Team: / 0330 440 4900


If you have any questions about the sports or physical activity delivery, please contact MSP.

Kyle Tunstall, Sport and Physical Activity Officer: / 07894 398828

Calum Donnelly, Strategic Lead for Sport and Physical Activity: / 07739 254835


Documents that need to be included with your application:

1. A copy of your governing document

2. A copy of your latest annual accounts or income and expenditure document if a newer organisation

3. A copy of a recent bank statement for your group.

4. A list of your Trustees/Directors/Management Committee Members

5. A copy of your current Safeguarding Policy


If you have applied to us within the last 12 months and provided this information, we do not need you to send it again (unless anything has been updated since i.e. accounts) and we will require a bank statement dated within the last 3 months.


What happens next?

Completed applications are considered by Community Foundation staff to check eligibility and complete due diligence checks. You may be contacted for more information after applying and a decision-making panel will make decisions based on the fund’s criteria and the budget available.


Community Foundation for Merseyside

Third Floor, Stanley Building

43 Hanover Street,

Liverpool, L1 3DN


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