Community groups in north-west London are being encouraged to bid for mayoral funding to support vulnerable young people.

Sadiq Khan announced a second round of his Young Londoners Fund, which gives organisations the chance to gain a share of £45 million for specialist projects.

Navin Shah, London Assembly member representing Harrow and Brent, has urged those living in his community to get involved.

He said: “It is fantastic to see City Hall stepping in here to offer much-needed financial backing to local organisations that do crucial work to support vulnerable young people in our boroughs.

“With violent crime and the threat of gang exploitation on the rise, investment in early intervention schemes must be a key priority, alongside robust police enforcement.

“I hope all local groups and organisations bid for a share of this vital round of funding.”

Schools, faith organisations and voluntary groups are among those who can apply for various-sized grants.

The money will be used for schemes which support some of the most at-risk children and teenagers in the community.

Applicants can submit their bids – before the July 12 deadline – through the Greater London Authority website.