Violence Against Women and Girls Reduction Fund now open

The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has announced the opening of its latest grant funding round for applications.

The Violence Against Women and Girls Reduction Fund is open to community groups, social enterprises and non-profit organisations working in South Yorkshire who are working on tackling Violence Against Women and Girls.

Organisations are able to secure up to £20,000 from the Fund, which can be used for existing or new projects. Core costs, staff costs and activity costs can be funded.

Applications are open from 14 June until midday on 1 July. All applications must be sent to the grants mailbox. Late applications will not be accepted. Any funds awarded must be spent and activities completed by 31 March 2023.

Applications are sought from those whose work on tackling Violence Against Women and Girls supports the VRU’s sixteen priorities, including:

  • promote gender equality to reduce and prevent violence against women and girls
  • work to change the cultural and social attitudes which contribute to violence
  • reduce violence through victim identification, care and support programmes
  • tackle domestic abuse and work to ensure that survivors can access the support they need

Graham Jones, Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit said: “Violence Against Women and Girls has a terrible impact directly on victims, and indirectly on other women and girls who too often do not feel safe in our communities.

“Tackling this issue is a priority for the Violence Reduction Unit. To bring about real long-term change, it is essential to work in partnership with organisations and communities across South Yorkshire.

“This means bringing together statutory bodies and professional organisations, but also ensuring that the charity and voluntary sector have the appropriate support to continue to carry out the important work that they do.

“We are therefore pleased to open this new Fund, offering up to £20,000 in funding to organisations. We hope that this will make a real difference in tackling Violence Against Women and Girls in South Yorkshire.”

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Chair of the Violence Reduction Executive Board, said: “Violence Against Women and Girls has emerged as one of the most important challenges facing us as a society, with a number of high profile cases over the last 18 months bringing this issue to the forefront.

“As Police and Crime Commissioner, I want South Yorkshire to be a place in which women and girls both are safe, and feel safe in our communities.

“I have therefore made it a priority to address this issue, not just through the actions I take in my own role, but also in supporting the Violence Reduction Unit and the efforts of other organisations.

“I welcome the VRU’s new grant fund. This offers important support to South Yorkshire organisations in their efforts to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls, and I would encourage any parties who are interested to apply.”

Applicant Guidance Notes 2022

Expenditure Guidance VR Fund 2022

Top tips for funding applications

VR Fund Application Form 2022 – Violence Against Women and Girls