The Comic Relief invites proposals for its Gang in Girls Initiative, to fund collaborative, multi-partner projects supporting young women and girls effectively in reducing their likelihood of joining gangs, reducing the harm they face within gangs and supporting them to leave gangs.
The broad outcomes sought to achieve through the work:
Fewer girls and young women entering harmful and risky gang situations Girls and young women, already in gangs, experiencing less harm from violence, abuse and exploitation More girls and young women leaving violent, abusive and exploitative gang situations.
The initiative seeks to fund the following types of interventions:
Taking advantage of specific ‘windows of opportunity’ to access girls and young women at risk of becoming, or already, gang-involved Family-focused interventions Providing effective mentoring Ensuring an effective police response Making sure gang-affected schools are open to support
Proposals are welcome for up to £150,000 for 18 months of activity, with the potential for a further £150,000 for a subsequent 18 months period.
Proposals are invited from anywhere in the UK and from within these four cities:
Kingston (Jamaica) Bogota (Colombia) Cape Town (South Africa) Lagos (Nigeria)
Particular interest of the programme lies in:
A coalition of organisations, with a lead agency, working in partnership across different sectors to deliver more holistic approaches. Bidding coalitions should be able to show some evidence of having delivered work that is providing a positive and safe future for girls and young women associated with gangs. Initiatives that draw on best practice in the following sectors, women and girls, criminal and juvenile justice, sexual exploitation, social / youth work, government, business and community sectors. Work that views the problem and solution as systemic. Organizations prepared to test more ‘disruptive’ solutions and learn if they fail.