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Armley: Project aims to tackle knife crime

Armley is one of four areas across Leeds to benefit from a pot of money to tackle problems with knife crime.

The Home Office has awarded Leeds City Council £172,840 to spend on community projects that aim to prevent and reduce youth violence in four areas: Gipton & Harehills, Burmantofts & Richmond Hill and Armley wards, plus Chapeltown.

A council report released this week says grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 will be awarded to local organisations through a competitive application process.

The report, by Leeds City Council officer Kate Sibson, says:

“Grants will be made available for projects delivering in wards with the highest knife crime prevalence,

“A short-term grant programme is the most effective way of investing in projects and organisations with close community ties that are able to mobilise and complete programmes of activity within the tight timescale.”

The report approving the four-month programme can be found here. Projects must be fully delivered by March 2020 and more details on how to apply for a grant will be revealed in due course.

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