VRN Community Fund 2020-2021


The PCC’s Violence Reduction Network believes violence is preventable and everyone has a role to play in our mission to reduce violence and its harmful consequences. Communities, and in particular young people, play a central role in our collective understanding of violence, its causes and how we prevent and reduce its occurrence.

The VRN is making available a Community Fund of £65,000 to support grassroots community groups across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to re-engage and support vulnerable young people as part of the COVID19 recovery effort with a view to prevent a variety of negative outcomes including preventing public place violence.

This funding opportunity is open from 28th July 2020, and organisations have up until 25th August 2020 (11:59pm) to submit applications. Grants will be allocated up to £5,000, and all projects must be delivered by 31st March 2021.

The fund is open to applications from community based groups from areas where there are higher risks and/ or incidents of youth violence. We are particularly interested in applications which cover Charnwood and City neighbourhoods, but not exclusively.

Additional expectations:

  • Projects that are awarded funding will be required to support the VRN with evaluation activity. 
  • Successful groups will be expected to take part in promotional photographs. However, we will be sensitive to the willingness of participants to take part in photographs.
  • A member of the VRN team will visit successful projects whilst in action, where appropriate to do so.

For further information and to check whether your organisation is eligible (please see Eligibility Statement below) please see the documents below