In 2023/24, approximately £250,000 has been budgeted for commissioned interventions.
CURV recognises the need for local training and support of local voluntary and community organisations (VCOs.)
This is in order to maximise the opportunity for applicants to make strong applications, which are well matched to defined CURV intervention requirements.
Applications should also be supported by a Theory of Change (ToC) and feature robust considerations of suitable evaluation metrics.
CURV funding is insufficient to meet the needs of all funding requests. Therefore, CURV seeks to upskill local VCOs to increase the level of funding achieved within Cleveland. This indirectly supports CURV’s objectives.
Existing support and training for VCOs in Cleveland is provided through five Voluntary Development Agencies (VDAs.) They are the following:
- Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency (MVDA)
- Catalyst (based in Stockton)
- Hartlepower (based in Hartlepool)
- Redcar and Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency (RCVDA)
- Tees Valley Rural Action
These organisations work together through the Tees Valley Infrastructure Partnership (TVIP.) They offer an extensive and deep level of knowledge, experience, trust and relationships ideally suited to provide the required training and support.
Trainers from Middlesbrough VDA have been nominated by TVIP to deliver the training consistently in the four Cleveland local authority areas on behalf of CURV and TVIP.
The required training is time critical. It must be delivered in March 2023, with additional one to one support offered to coincide with the planned opening of CURV funding opportunities in April 2023.
At a local level, preventing, reducing, and tackling serious violence is a key priority in the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan.
CURV and its contracted evaluation partner will monitor and evaluate performance against any funding agreements. The Home Office will carry out enhanced evaluation.
Therefore, funding of £7,600.00 from the 2022-23 CURV budget has been allocated to training and support for VCOs.