The serious violence reduction grant aims to support the government’s Serious Violence Strategy, and the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Serious Violence Strategy for Avon & Somerset. These are trying to tackle serious violent crime on a national, regional and local level.
The grant also supports the B&NES wide approach to early help and intervention, and serious violence avoidance and prevention, which will inform policy development, partnership working, evidence-based commissioning, and helping to build safer communities.
What is the eligibility criteria?
Eligible projects must address at least one of the following areas of local concern:
- Work with children and young people under-25 to reduce or prevent their involvement in violence either as victims or offenders
- Aim to prevent vulnerable people over the age of 25 becoming victims of violent crime or involvement as offenders
- Work in hotspot areas, including Bath City Centre, Keynsham, Twerton and Somer Valley to address violence and improve resilience
- Work in new or emerging hotspot areas where there is evidence of violence
- Work to support potential victims of knife crime who are overwhelmingly male aged 25-34
- Work in communities to address domestic abuse, including awareness raising
To find out more, read our serious violence problem profile and response plan.
Projects must be able to:
- evidence need
- demonstrate how they will address priorities
- evidence that there is community support and or community consultation has been carried out
- have a lead organisation
- have a valid bank account
What funding is available?
The majority of successful grant applications will be awarded up to £5000. In exceptional circumstances, for example where it can be demonstrated that the aims of the project are only achievable through award of larger sum, an award of up to £10,000 will be considered. The minimum that can be applied for is £200.
Funding will not be awarded for:
- Solely for running costs
- Political groups, or activities promoting political beliefs
- Work which has already been completed.
How do I apply?
You can apply for a grant online. The application process is now open, and applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within 8 weeks of receipt of their submission
As part of the application process you will need to provide:
- a brief description of the project
- details of any community consultation
- details on whether council services or funding will be affected
- details of any non-council services or funding that might be affected
- project timescales
- project costs (including details of match funding or in-kind support such as volunteer hours, and any identified ongoing costs)
- bank details for the grant to be paid.
What happens next?
We will make a decision on your application within 8 weeks, and we will notify successful applicants by email. If we need more information we will contact you and ask for it. We will send out a grant agreement that must be completed and returned before work on the project is able to proceed. Any awarded funds will be paid into the bank account you have provided.
If you receive a grant you will be required to sign a written acceptance of the terms and conditions of the grant funding. You may also need monitoring arrangements in place, depending on the size of the grant. We will agree this with you before any work starts.
You will be required to provide evidence that the funding was spent for the reasons you gave in your application. This will include valid receipts and/or invoices. You will also need to produce a final report, which must be submitted to us no later than 1 March 2021.