The Home Office has granted funding to three police force areas for the next 2 years (2011 – 2013) to enhance action to tackle gang, gun and knife crime. The designated force areas are the Metropolitan Police via The Mayor’s Office, West Midlands Police (WMP) and Greater Manchester Police (GMP). The focus of the programme is aimed at 10-19 year olds involved in knife, gun and gang-related violence.
The Home Office has indicated that funds of £400,000 (2011/12) and £350,000 (2012/13) will be made available and ring fenced for this work within the GMP force area.
Initial Expressions of Interest are invited to allow prospective deliverers to provide an overview of proposals for which they will seek to secure funding to assist delivery.
The Expression of Interest submissions will be reviewed by a commissioning panel and, at that stage, successful applicants will be asked to submit a more detailed outline for consideration.
Bids are sought from statutory agencies (including police, local authorities or community safety partnerships), voluntary sector organisations or private companies. There is no specified limit to the amount of grant that may be requested; however, preference may be given to bids that are match funded. The commissioning panel would also encourage bids that transcend geographic and/or organisational boundaries e.g. statutory and voluntary sector working together in partnership or proposals that seek to manage issues wherever they may be in the Greater Manchester Police force area.
Funding can be applied for over the two year funding period, or in one of either of the funding years.
Although not wholly prescriptive, the force is looking for bids that impact on one or more of the force wide key strategic areas:
• Prevention Enforcement
• Intelligence/Information development
• Resettlement Reassurance
The bids must include proposed work with young people within the key age range, i.e. those aged between 10 and 19 years. In addition, the force is keen to explore working across Local Authority borders and with girls/women affected by gangs.
The Initial Expression of Interest submission form can be found below. Completed forms should be emailed to: Mick.Hurley@GMP.Police.uk.
Initial expression of interest deadline: Friday 26 August 2011