The Home Office is providing funding of up to £56,000 to help places of worship tackle hate crimes against them through the installation of up to three protective security measures. Match funding of at least 20% of the total project costs is required.
The scheme is open to churches, gurdwaras, mosques, and temples. The Jewish community are not eligible for funding from this scheme as a similar commitment was made to fund community sites through a grant administered by the Community Security Trust.
To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate that their place of worship is vulnerable to hate crime or has been subjected to an attack within the last two years and which was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on religion or belief. This funding is not for general improvements, lead theft, security upgrades or measures to tackle anti-social behaviour or other criminality unconnected with hate crime.
Examples of security equipment that can be applied for include, but are not limited to, the following:
- fencing and/or railings
- access control
- intercom systems
Funding under this scheme only covers the provision and installation of these security measures. It does not cover other associated costs such as licensing and planning permission, or ongoing costs such as charges for annual service, maintenance and monitoring.
All funded work must be completed by 31 March 2019.
Deadline: Saturday 31 August 2019
For more information and how to apply please click here.
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