Funding Opportunity - Supporting Vulnerable Young People

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Funding Opportunity for Supporting Vulnerable Young People

The West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) are seeking to fund initiatives that support vulnerable young people at risk of involvement in serious violence, county-lines activity and other forms of exploitation (this may include mental health challenges for example).

They are particularly interested in those applications offering interventions after school, although all interventions will be considered.


Eligibility to Apply:

The VRU are inviting charities and social enterprises to apply for this funding. These may or may not include work with a public sector partner with the charity/social enterprise as the lead applicant.

The VRU will also accept applications from public sector partners solely where delivery is focussed on child criminal exploitation (CCE).


Funding Details and Conditions

Single bids for a maximum of £10,000 can be applied for and can be backdated to 1st January 2022. The funding is to support eligible costs incurred from 1st January 2022 until 31st March 2022.

The VRU will also consider collaborative bids that exceed £10,000 and are representative of the number of organisations involved.

The funding is a one-off contribution of additional support and will require the Combined Authority to issue a Grant Agreement to cover this specific, ring-fenced funding and projects funded must address an identified need. Recipients must be able to spend their grant as soon as possible after receipt to support vulnerable young people (0-25 years) and have to ability to cover costs until receipt of the grant funding. Activity is properly costed including funding and resources and must primarily support vulnerable young people aged 0-25 years.

Examples of costs to support delivery include;

  • Core costs.
  • Gas and electric.
  • Rent.
  • Broadband and phone.
  • Management and administration staffing costs.
  • Cleaning and PPE equipment

Activity costs

  • Additional staff and volunteer time to deliver projects.
  • Equipment costs (e.g. IT, sports kit, musical instruments etc.)
    Please note: For any Assets purchase over the value of £5,000 the provider will be required to maintain an asset register, provide proof of insurance coverage for the useful life of the relevant Asset, and make the Assets available for inspection.
  • Online delivery.
  • Course costs.
  • Staff support such as counselling and mentoring support.

The process for funding requests

To ensure a fair assessment is made across all areas, the Combined Authority needs to establish the following as part of the needs assessment process:

  • If an organisation is currently funded by the Combined Authority.
  • If the organisation is a charity or social enterprise supporting vulnerable young people at risk of involvement in serious violence.
  • Activity has or will be delivered between 1st January 2022 and 31 March 2022 (inclusive).

To apply for funding complete the Delivery Initiative Funding Request form (Word 130KB) and return to VRU@westyorks-ca.gov.uk by  5pm Friday 28th January 2022.

This must be to fully completed for all requests and supporting documentations provided as required.
Requests received after this deadline cannot be accepted.
Successful applicants will be notified week commencing 7th February 2022.
Please be aware funds may not be received until the end of March.