VRU Community Seed Fund (Knife Crime)

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The Mayor announced his intention to establish a London Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) in autumn last year with the stated aims:

• To reduce and stabilise violence across London – violence is a concern for us all; we will all play our part to reduce it.

• To increase feelings of safety - recognising that London is one of the safest cities in the world.

• To put community at the heart of our work – only by doing so do we have a sustainable long-term approach towards reducing violence.

Investing in grassroots initiatives to combat knife crime is a top priority for the Unit. Building on the work undertaken by grassroots organisations over the last 12 months, the VRU is now offering those groups funded in Rounds 1 and 2 of the Knife Crime Community Seed Fund the opportunity to apply for funds to deliver their work for another year.

The Mayoral Knife Crime Strategy commits a provision of new funding to support grassroots community groups involved in protecting young people and ridding our communities of violence. The MOPAC Community Seed Fund supports communities in London disproportionately affected by knife crime.

Use of Funding

Applications are open for new and existing prevention and intervention work and can include core, staff, volunteer, operational, activity and publicity costs. You will need to demonstrate how your organisation’s core work meets the fund themes. Examples of expenditure include:

  • Room hire
  • Catering for community events
  • Development and production of leaflets to assist with engaging your communities
  • Staff costs for prevention or intervention work
  • Staff or volunteer costs for outreach work
  • Contribution to overheads
  • Project specific costs such as boxing equipment or audio/ visual recording equipment for young perpetrators/ victims of knife crime 

This is not exhaustive list and is designed to give you an idea of the type of requests that will be considered. Please see the Fund Guidelines for more details.

Please note, the following are not eligible to apply:

  • Local Authorities
  • Any party political activities
  • Purely commercial ventures (for profit)
  • Spending that has already taken place (i.e. retrospective funding)
  • Individuals
  • Activities promoting religious belief
  • Activities where people are excluded on the basis of religion and sexual orientation
  • Statutory agencies in the criminal justice system, including the Metropolitan Police Service

Grant size

For individual organisations grants of up to £50,000 are available. We will consider bids of £100,000 for projects which collaborate between partners and across a minimum of 2 priority (high volume) knife crime boroughs. Please note partnership applications will need to be submitted by one lead applicant, with supporting documents provided by the lead and partner organisations. Partnerships may be formal or informal and we encourage larger organisations to partner with smaller groups in order to build capacity and exchange learning. Partnership applications can include community engagement capital costs such as room hire, refreshments and leaflet developments but funding requested for this must be proportionate to funding used for project delivery.

How to apply 

This fund is currently closed for applications from new applicants. If you’d like to understand more about the fund please take a look at the guidelines for the last funding round by clicking on the buttons below or at the top right hand side of the screen. The online application form guidelines are there to help you when the fund reopens.


This fund is currently closed to new applicants.

Contact details

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any element of the fund or your application, please contact us on 020 7582 5117 or at applications@londoncf.org.uk