The Home Office is accepting applications for funding for community projects that prevent hate crime.
The Home Office expects to fund eight motivated and creative community groups to develop innovative programmes that help to prevent hate crime and issues associated with it in England and Wales. Providing funding for projects that prevent hate crime is one of the actions included in the UK Government’s hate crime action plan.
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 transgender identity.
The aim of the fund is to work with affected communities to fund the development of projects that:
- 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.
Grants of £75,000 are available for projects that commence from 1 April 2019 and are completed by 31 March 2020.
The funding can be used for the following revenue costs:
- Salaries of project workers, including any extra costs such as pensions, National Insurance and redundancy costs, if applicable, for the project.
- Salaries of management staff who only supervise project staff, including any extra costs such as pensions and National Insurance for the project.
- Recruitment of staff who will work on the project.
- Expenses of project staff and volunteers, including; travel, accommodation, phone bills and stationery.
- Rent, heating, lighting, maintenance and insurance for office space and buildings only used for this.
The deadline for applications is 7 December 2018.