VVU Community fund now open for applications

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As a Violence and Vulnerability partnership, our strategic goal is to reduce serious violence, the harm it causes, and to safeguard those at risk (relating to county lines, gangs and knife crime).
This fund has been specifically created because of the impact and challenges that Covid has bought upon local ‘not for profit’ voluntary or community clubs or organisations (*registered Charities, not for profit companies or community interest companies or other social enterprise, or companies limited by guarantee, charitable incorporated organisations or registered societies) in Essex, Southend and Thurrock whom are trying their hardest to carry on with their work of supporting vulnerable children and young people at this time.


We are looking to fund work that helps these young people to-
• Make positive choices that keep them safe
• Raise self-esteem and confidence
• Build resilience
• Improve emotional and physical health and mental wellbeing.

*PLEASE NOTE THAT: Your organisation MUST have a recognised constitution and be a- not for profit voluntary or community club or organisation, a registered Charity, A not for profit company or community interest company or other social enterprise. company limited by guarantee, charitable incorporated organisation or Registered society.

If you are eligible to apply for both funding strands then you may do so, but the total amount of funding that you can apply for is £10,000 and the funds must be spent by the end of March 2021.

There are two funding strands:
i. Projects & interventions (Available to organisations that meet our criteria checklist with an income of under £300,000 only)
Essex, Southend and Thurrock registered charities (with a track record of working in their local community) can apply for support with costs (including core costs) where they are directly delivering activities and interventions in communities that are clearly evidenced as supporting children and young people (up to 25 years old) involved in or at risk of serious violence, AND you have had to change your approach to the work because of the following Covid related reasons:
a. The project/ intervention that your charity is delivering is at risk due to the current situation and you have needed to adapt your delivery incurring extra costs.
b. There is increased demand that with current funds you are unable to meet.
c. You would be able to reach out further into your community (e.g. taking a different approach) to reach vulnerable children and young people (up to 25 years old) if you had additional funds.

ii. One off special event / activity (available to all organisations that meet our criteria checklist, regardless of annual income)
Essex, Southend and Thurrock registered charities (with a track record of working with communities in the County) for support with a one off special event/ activity that responds to an identified need due to the current situation with Covid, and this event/ activity can be clearly evidenced as engaging and supporting children and young people (up to 25 years old) involved in or at risk of serious violence. This might be needed because of the following Covid related reasons :
a. You can see a need for something extra to be delivered, directly reaching vulnerable children and adults (up to 25 years old). This could be as part of a wider community engagement or could be about connecting vulnerable children and young people with support networks beyond their locality. (You must evidence how the event/ activity will be delivered using up to date Covid-safe guidance for your area).
b. You do not have funds available to develop and run this one off special event/ activity.

Anticipated Time line:
Applications to be returned by 19th November 2020
The VVU will shortlist applications on the 25th November
The Voice of Communities working group will make decisions upon applications at the end of November, with input from ECC young commissioners.
Notification of successful applications ASAP at the beginning of December

Download the application form here-

If you would like more information on this fund then email rachel@ecvys.org.uk or James.Pearson@essex.gov.uk You can also email about joining in with our virtual information session about the fund on Monday 9th November at 4pm

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