From education to employment

Gang and Knife Crime Prevention Programme

Call to run a project to support young people on the trajectory of offending in gangs or at risk of getting involved with gangs, by providing intensive support – in Leeds City Region.


This Call will seek programmes of activity, alongside developing community partnerships, which work with young people at risk of being drawn into crime and violence. It will focus on improving engagement with education and increasing employability, as well as tackling family factors through close work with other support services. The key target groups of this Call will therefore be those young people as defined below;

  • Young people transitioning to adulthood where there are significant risk of offending/reoffending or exposed to negative influences including those
  • aged 15-16 years upon joining who are excluded from school, and vulnerable to becoming involved in gangs and serious youth violence. This can include participants referred by an Alternative Provision provider because of risk of gang involvement (or because they are already involved in gangs).Young People engaged in, or at risk of, engagement in criminal activity, for example involved in group violence or county lines drugs distribution.
  • Young People who are on the Police Service gang matrix, and not receiving any diversionary support.
  • Young People who are victims of violence, recognising the link between young victims of violence being more likely to become perpetrators of violence
  • Support those young people aged up to 24 years of age who are;

    • aged 15-24 and at high risk of offending
    • 15-17 year olds at risk of re-offending
    • females aged 15-24 at risk of offending and at greatest risk of crime

Please note this provision cannot support those young people age 18- 24 who are already offenders and at risk of re-offending. The support for this age group has already been commissioned through HMPPS.

The proposed project can however support young people age 15 -17 who are at risk of re-offending.

Any applicant is therefore also required to ensure they offer additional and more bespoke and specialist support for this target group than that already proposed to be delivered through the main ESF NEET programmes in Local Authority areas.

Successful providers should:

  • Demonstrate a strong track record of working with the target group(s), understanding their needs
  • Demonstrate strong knowledge of the issues related to knife and gang crime across the Leeds City Region and the local issues in each local authority district area.
  • Collaboration with other providers already working with the target group to add value and not duplicate provision.
  • Ensure the programme maximises mainstream provision and provides by working in partnership with other new and/or existing providers.
  • Demonstrate excellent partnerships and referral mechanisms with other skills, training and specialist providers.
  • Work in conjunction with other LEP and ESIF ESF programmes and activity to reduce the number of repeat approaches to participants and businesses.

For more information, download the call specification.

This section should set out what type of project/project activities/target participants this call is seeking to address the local needs set out in the Local Priorities section of the call specification.


The project must cover the Leeds City Region LEP Area.


Approximately £4m of ESF is available.


Full application deadline: 13 January 2020

Completion date

Projects must be completed no later than 3 years and 6 months after the proposed project start date, however the ESF Managing Authority reserves the right to vary the maximum duration in exceptional circumstances. All ESF Projects must be completed by 31st December 2023. Project costs cannot be incurred beyond this date.

Full Application Submission

To apply for funding under this call you will need to complete and submit your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT System.

Please note: the ECLAIMS IT System can only be access from within the UK.

Full Applications submitted in the ECLAIMS IT System after the call closing date shown above and on the call specification will not be appraised.

If you do not already have access to the ECLAIMS IT system, please request an ‘ECLAIMS External Access Form’ by emailing [email protected]

You will need to request an External Access Form for each person in your organisation who requires access.

It is your responsibility to ensure you request and activate your ECLAIMS access in sufficient time. We strongly advise that you obtain and activate your ECLAIMS access at least 2 weeks prior to the advertised call closure date, if not sooner.

You are also advised to read the details in the call specification in order to produce an application that complies with the requirements and meets the needs set out in the ESF Operational Programme. All this information, the related guidance and the European Social Fund Operational Programme can be found from our homepage.The published ESF Online Full Application Guidance also provides step-by-step advice on how to complete your Full Application using the ECLAIMS IT system. ESF Online Full Application Guidance.

Technical Support

If you encounter any technical difficulties completing or submitting your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT system, please send an email to[email protected]

The technical support operating hours are Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm and it is your responsibility to ensure you seek and technical advice in sufficient time to complete and submit your Full Application before the published call closure date.

The Managing Authority reserves the right to reject applications which are incomplete or not submitted in a timely and compliant way.

Contact details

If you have any questions about the Call Specification or ESF Online Full Application Guidance, please contact [email protected]. This address should not be used to request technical support.

Published 22 October 2019 Contents

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