Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership: Sports, Arts and Culture Fund – Closing 2 September 2022

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:

  • Prevention – Awareness-raising or psycho-social education programmes
  • Early Intervention – Developmental and diversionary youth outreach activities and programmes
  • Therapeutic – Tailored interventions and programmes
  • Desistence – Programmes which aim to cease offending or reoffending

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

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.

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 2 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.

For more information and to apply please click here

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