The Home Office has announced that £17.7m will be allocated across 29 projects working to divert children and young people away from violent crime in England and Wales.
The Early Intervention Youth Fund is available to help youth workers prevent children and young people becoming involved in criminal activity, such as "county lines" crime as well as helping existing youth offenders to make more positive life choices.
Home Secretary, Sajid Javid said
"As well as taking immediate action to curb knife crime, we need a longer-term approach to prevent our young people from getting drawn into a life of crime in the first place,"
"This money will fund a range of projects that focus on diverting vulnerable youngsters and those who have already offended away from crime."