Organisations have an opportunity to play their part in reducing violent crime in Cleveland, thanks to a new funding opportunity.
Cleveland Unit for the Reduction of Violence – or CURV – has released £250,000 across five contracts. They are part of their work to prevent violent incidents before they occur.
The four tender opportunities released on Friday 29th September include:
- Public space safety
- Targeted primary interventions
- Focused deterrence
- Sport-based interventions
More about the contracts
The public space safety contract aims to improve feelings of safety in public spaces in key locations across Cleveland. The provider will also help to reclaim the spaces for positive activities.
The successful provider in the targeted intervention contract will help to improve support available to families concerned about someone being drawn into violent crime.
Focussed deterrence works directly with people most likely to become involved in violence. It aims to address their complex needs and support them to desist.
All four contracts will run to March 2025 and offer up to £50,000 across two years for the successful applicants.
Police and Crime Commissioner Steve Turner said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for agencies and organisations to bid for a contract that will be working directly with communities to reduce violent crime.
“I want Cleveland to be a place where people can enjoy their community without fear experiencing or witnessing violence – it’s the very least the public should expect.
“I’m proud of the work CURV is doing and the money they’re pumping into communities to make them safer in both the long and short-term.”
In April 2022, the Government announced that Cleveland would receive £3.5m over the next three years for a violence reduction unit. As a result, CURV was established.
The Home Office has confirmed that CURV’s budget for this financial year is £1.048m.
Head of CURV, John Holden MBE, said: “CURV’s message has been clear since day one – serious violence is by no means inevitable and can be prevented.
“Like all public health challenges, it requires a multi-layered approach and these three contracts showcase the different factors at play to make people and places safer.”
CURV will release a further contract for school-based interventions in due course.
CURV is committed to developing understanding of ‘what works’ by using an evidence-based approach to the services, which they fund.
All applicants must provide information in their application about how their service will change lives.View the tender opportunities
CURV invites organisations interested in bidding for one of the contracts to a webinar on Friday 6th October.Sign up to the webinar