UK Community Foundations is partnering with advertising agency M&C Saatchi to deliver grants as part of a major Home Office initiative to counter extremism. The ‘Building a Stronger Britain Together’ (BSBT) programme will support civil society and community organisations who work to create more resilient communities, stand up to extremism in all forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, age and gender.
Projects will be funded for up to 6 months and will have to conclude by the end of December 2019.
To help groups expand their reach and influence, the Building a Stronger Britain Together programme offers 2 forms of support through a competitive bidding process:
- in-kind support: such as social media training, technical assistance to help a group improve their website, or capacity building work to help a group protect more vulnerable individuals;
- grants: targeted funding for specific projects with demonstrable outcomes which provide a positive alternative to extremist voices.
All projects must include targeted activity to counter known extremist activity at a local level and at least one of the other BSBT programme outcomes outlined as follows:
- Fewer people holding attitudes, belief and feelings that oppose shared values
- An increased sense of belonging and civic participation at the local level
- More resilient communities
Grants of up to £50,000 are available for organisations with an annual income of over £200,000; up to £14,999 is available to those with smaller annual incomes.
Registered UK charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations, companies limited by guarantee, not for profit registered Community Interest Companies, constituted community and voluntary sector organisations are all eligible to apply.
The closing date is 2:00 pm on the 1st March 2019.