The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has launched a new £2 million grant scheme as part of its agenda to bring communities together regardless of faith or race.
The scheme will support established charities and community interest companies that are working to create safe and integrated communities. These are places where people, whatever their background, live, work, learn and socialise together; based on shared rights, responsibilities and opportunities. The scheme will seek to promote shared values and integration, whilst tackling harmful behaviours.
Grants of between £100,000 and £450,000 will support projects that meet at least one of the following aims:
- To promote shared values among people of all backgrounds through sustainable social integration and meaningful civic participation. Projects should be designed to promote understanding and shared values between and within faith and ethnic communities, and between faith and ethnic communities and other communities which form a part of civil society.
- To effectively tackle and prevent religiously and racially discriminatory behaviour and those acting against others because of their faith or race. Projects should be designed to reduce religiously and racially motivated hate crime by tackling the underlying issues and raising awareness.
Projects must be nine months in duration and cover activities taking place from July 2020 to 31 March 2021. Activities must take place throughout the year. (One-off events will not be funded.) Proposals must demonstrate how the project will continue once the funding comes to an end in March 2021.
Commenting on the new fund, Communities Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:
“Our country is home to people with a wonderfully diverse range of faiths and beliefs.
“The funding announced today will help us celebrate this diversity, champion our shared identity and values and bring people together to create a better society.
“The scheme will also help tackle discriminatory behaviour. This Government has a zero tolerance towards hate crimes against anyone of any faith and background, and we stand in support of all communities that suffer from prejudice and discrimination.”
The deadline for applications is 17 April 2020 (23:50).
Visit the website for more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/faith-race-and-hate-crime-grant-scheme-2020-to-2021