Knife, gun and gang-related violence

Knife, gun and gang crime is wholly unacceptable and reducing it is a key priority for the government. Too many young lives are blighted by violent crime and we are committed to making our communities safer places for everyone.

Communities against guns, gangs and knives fund

We are now inviting applications for the £4 million voluntary and community sector funding: the communities against guns, gangs and knives (CAGGK) fund. The fund will provide £4 million for the voluntary and community sector over the next two years; £2 million will be available during 2011/12 and a further £2 million during 2012/13.

The funding criteria are focused on organisations working with young people at risk of involvement in gang, gun and knife crime or to support those who are involved to leave. Each successful organisation will receive up to £10,000 each per year to prevent the involvement of teenagers in gun, gang and knife crime. 

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 15 April. Full details on how to apply, along with the full eligibility criteria, are available here: 

What we're doing

The Home Office has committed £18 million of funding for 2011-2013 to support the police, local agencies and the voluntary sector to tackle knife, gun and gang-related violence and prevent young people entering a cycle of crime.

The funding will support enforcement and prevention work by police in three knife crime hotspot areas. It will sit alongside positive activities for young people and local work to bring about long-term changes in attitudes and behaviours. The money includes up to:  

  • £3.75 million for the three police forces areas where more than half of the country’s knife crime occurs – London, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands
  • £4 million for local voluntary organisations across England and Wales working with young people to stop involvement in knife and gang violence - the Communities Against Guns, Gangs and Knives Fund
  • £10 million for prevention and diversionary activities and engagement with young people at risk of becoming involved in crime, including knife related violence, through the Positive Futures Programme
  • £250,000 for one further year of the Ben Kinsella fund for young people to run anti-knife crime projects in their local area

The funding will run from April 2011 to March 2013, when police and crime commissioners will be in place.

Brooke Kinsella’s report

In June 2010 the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary asked Brooke Kinsella, whose brother Ben was murdered two years ago, to undertake a fact-finding mission. She was asked to examine schemes running in local communities that are working to stop young people from committing violence, including violence using weapons.

Ms Kinsella’s report, Tackling knife crime together - a review of local anti-knife crime projects was published on 2 February 2011. The report makes a number of recommendations including: 

  • anti-knife crime presentations for school children
  • more data sharing between police, schools and other agencies on local issues
  • a best practice website for local organisations 
  • more work with young children to stop them getting involved in knife crime
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