To tackle the rising number of hate crimes against religious buildings, the Home Office has established a new £2.4 million Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme. The scheme is open to places of worship in England and Wales. The Jewish community will be exempt from this scheme as a similar commitment was made to fund Jewish community sites through a grant administered by the Community Security Trust.
Places of worship can only bid for security equipment and not for the cost of recruiting security personnel. This can include CCTV; perimeter fencing; access control gates; bollards; door locks; window locks; intruder alarm; external lighting; and security doors, etc. Funding would also include the appropriate labour cost to install the security equipment.
As part of the application process places of worship will need to provide supporting documents to show that they need increased security. These can include police reports, records of incidents, photographic evidence or insurance claims. Applicants should also arrange a site survey and discuss their security requirements with the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) or their local Crime Prevention Design Adviser (CPDA) who can provide advice and assist with an assessment of the security of your building. Applicants will need to provide 20% of the total project cost themselves.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 20th September 2016.