Places of worship: security funding scheme

The scheme is part of the hate crime action plan. It will provide protective security measures to places of worship that need increased protection.

We will consider bids from places of worship in England and Wales. Schools and educational institutions are not eligible to apply.

The Jewish community will be exempt from this scheme as a similar commitment was made to fund Jewish community sites through a grant administered by the Community Security Trust.

About the fund

The aim of the fund is to work with affected communities to fund the development of innovative projects that:

  • prevent hate crime
  • respond to hate crime in our communities
  • increase the reporting of hate crime
  • improve support for the victims of hate crime
  • build our understanding of hate crime

The Home Office is seeking to fund projects at 2 levels of either £25,000 or £50,000. We have made £300,000 available to spend by 31 March 2017, with project delivery expected in June 2017.

We expect to fund 6 to 8 projects, but reserve the right to vary the number of projects we fund.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for motivated and creative community groups or consortia to develop innovative programmes that help to prevent hate crime and issues associated with it. Your programme development must involve stakeholders who are affected by, or are past or potential perpetrators of hate crime.

Please read the additional guidance for applicants (PDF, 352KB, 21 pages) before submitting a bid.

Who can apply?

The following people can apply:

  • any registered English or Welsh charities
  • any charitable incorporated organisation in England or Wales
  • companies limited by guarantee
  • not for profit registered community interest companies
  • constituted community and voluntary community sector groups
  • 3rd sector/public sector partnerships (providing the lead organisation bidding for funding is not a public sector or local government body)

Consortium bids

A consortium project would have to be led by a charity or an organisation with a charitable purpose and can include charities, private companies and/or public sector bodies.

If a consortium is proposed, the group must nominate a lead partner. The Home Office would grant the funding to this partner.

It would be the responsibility of the lead organisation to make arrangements to distribute the funding and accountability amongst consortium partners.

The closing date has been extended until 4 October 2016. A second round of bids will open in spring 2017.

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