Young people will have an exciting opportunity to bid for projects and activities as Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness launches the Local Youth Fund.

With £18,000 available and up to £500 per project, young people can bid for activities that matter to them with the aim of preventing crime by reducing serious violence and vulnerability in their area.

The PCC’s Violence Reduction Unit are working with North East Youth Alliance, to ensure young people across the region are aware of this fantastic opportunity as well as establishing a youth panel to review applications and provide their recommendations throughout the process.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness said: “We want young people to tell us what they want in their area and through the work of my Violence reduction Unit we can provide the opportunity to bring their projects to life with the Local Youth Fund.”

The Local Youth Fund will open on Monday 16th August and welcomes applications from young people across the North East, supported by a registered youth organisation.

Ms McGuinness added: “It is vitally important that we engage our regions young people now to prevent them from heading down the wrong path and to ensure they have the right support and opportunities to make positive decisions for the future.”

On behalf of the North East Youth Alliance, NE Youth Chief Executive Jon Niblo said: “We are delighted to working collaboratively with the Violence Reduction Unit to ensure that Young People are involved in the development of this exciting new fund. The fund will enable Young People to develop their own local projects that make a real difference in their communities.”

Those who would like to take part can download the application form on the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioners website. Applications must be submitted by Friday 10th September and successful applicants will be contacted.

For more information on the Local Youth Fund, please contact the Violence Reduction Unit by email