Grants awarded to tackle knife crime

By Tania Skae

We’re delighted to announce that the MOPAC Community Seed Fund grants have been awarded to 43 community-based organisations across London.

This fund was set up in response to the Mayor’s Knife Crime Strategy to support grassroots community groups working with young people and families to reduce levels of knife crime violence in the capital.

Nine community based organisations received almost £250,000 in March through the first round of the MOPAC Community Seed Fund. Last week, a further 34 more grants were awarded grants totalling £1.15m to organisations across London with funding from the Mayor’s Young Londoners Fund.

Organisations who received the funding include Chaos Theory, to deliver conflict mediation and mentoring in Waltham Forest working predominantly with young black and Asian men aged between 18 to 25 years. The 4Front Project received funding to deliver a youth led intervention project for young people involved in and affected by serious youth violence in Barnet over one year and Unique Talent, to deliver a series of workshops and peer mentoring to young BAME men aged 24 and under engaged in or at risk of knife crime, along with training sessions to teachers, professionals and parents to raise awareness of risks in Merton, Sutton and Croydon.

At The London Community Foundation, we support a grassroots, community response to the issue of serious youth violence in London. We are working with local and partner organisations to deliver a multi agency, long term response to the issue. You can find out more in my report on The Violence Virus.

 To read further information from the Mayor’s office regarding this fund, please follow this link.