Places of worship security funding scheme

Places of worship in England and Wales can submit bids to this scheme for projects costing up to £70,000 for protective security measures and will be required to contribute at least 20 percent of the total cost of the project. The Home Office will award funding on a discretionary basis up to a maximum of £56,000 per place of worship.

To meet the criteria for consideration for funding, your application will need to demonstrate that your place of worship is vulnerable to hate crime or has been subjected to an attack within the last 2 years and which was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on religion or belief.

Grants can cover the costs of security equipment, for example:

  • CCTV
  • Perimeter fencing
  • Access control gates
  • Window locks
  • Intruder alarm
  • External lighting
  • Security doors

You can bid for up to 3 separate security measures. Funding could also cover the reasonable labour cost for installing the security equipment.

Costs that are not eligible:

  • Ongoing costs such as charges for annual service, maintenance or monitoring
  • Improvements, lead theft, security upgrades or measures to tackle anti-social behaviour or other criminality unconnected with hate crime
  • Recruiting security personnel

More information and to apply: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/places-of-worship-security-funding-scheme

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