The scheme is one of the main commitments contained within the Government Hate Crime Action Plan. It will provide funding for protective security measures to places of worship that are vulnerable to hate crime.
You can submit bids for funding from 8 June until 23:59 on 10 August 2018. Places of worship can submit bids 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.
Funding will not be available for improvements, lead theft, security upgrades or measures to tackle anti-social behaviour or other criminality unconnected with hate crime.
Any crime that is motivated by hostility on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity can be classed as a hate crime. For this scheme, we are focusing on religion. 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.
We will consider bids from places of worship in England and Wales. Below are some examples of places of worship eligible to apply for the funding but this is not an exhaustive list:
Faith schools, educational institutions, community centres, NHS establishments (including chapels and prayer rooms) are not eligible to apply.
If a vicarage, manse, community or church hall is attached to the place of worship building, only the building used for worship is eligible for funding.
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.