The Home Office has launched a new fund to prevent hate crime and issues associated with it. Hate crimes are crimes that are motivated by hostility or prejudice on the grounds of race (including colour, nationality, ethnicity and national origin), religion, disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity.
The aim of the fund is to work with affected communities to fund the development of projects that:
- prevent hate crime
- respond to hate crime in our communities
- increase the reporting of hate crime
- improve support for the victims of hate crime
- build our understanding of hate crime
Community Groups and charities in England and Wales can apply for grants of up to £75,000 and the Home Office who expect to fund up to eight projects.
The Home Office are particularly interested in projects targeting specific points of hate crime incidents, such as public transport, online or the night-time economy. However, this will not affect the assessment of applications and does not preclude any other types of projects from applying.
The following types of organisations are eligible to apply:
- any registered English or Welsh charities
- any charitable incorporated organisation in England or Wales
- companies limited by guarantee
- not for profit registered community interest companies
- constituted community and voluntary community sector groups
- 3rd sector/public sector partnerships (providing the lead organisation bidding for funding is not a public sector or local government body)
- groups who have applied to this scheme previously whether they have been successful or unsuccessful in securing funding.
The closing date for applications is the 7th December 2018.