Government Launches Hate Crime Community Project Fund for England

Deadline 14th October

The Home Office is making £300,000 in grants available to community-led organisations or consortia that work with groups who are vulnerable to hate crime for innovative community projects that prevent hate crime in England.

Hate crimes are crimes that are motivated by hostility on the grounds of race (including colour, nationality and citizenship, religion, ethnicity and national origin), disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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

Applications will be accepted from:

  • Any registered English or Welsh charities.
  • England Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs).
  • Companies limited by guarantee.
  • Not-for-profit registered Community Interest Companies (CICs).
  • Constituted community and voluntary sector groups.
  • Third sector/public sector partnerships provided the lead organisation bidding for the funding is not public sector or local government body.

Grants of either £25,000 or £50,000 are available for projects that can be completed by June 2017 and align with one or more of the following five aims of the UK Government’s plan for tackling hate crime:

  • Preventing hate crime – by challenging the beliefs and attitudes that can underline such crimes.
  • Responding to hate crime in communities – reducing the number of hate crime incidents.
  • Increasing the reporting of hate crime – while there has been an increase in all recorded hate crime, hate crime is still significantly under-reported.
  • Improving support for the victims of hate crime – this is crucial for increasing victims’ confidence to report incidents and enabling them to feel confident that the criminal justice system understands their needs.
  • Building understanding of hate crime – if the drivers of hate crime are understood, all forms of hate crime can be effectively combatted.

The Home Office expects to fund between six and eight projects.

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