Places of worship and associated faith community centres in England and Wales that are vulnerable to hate crime can apply for grants of up to £56,000 to enhance their protective security measures.
Applicants can submit bids for up to 3 protective security measures. These can include:
- fencing and/or railings
- access control
- intercom systems
The security measures must be specifically for hate crimes and cannot include measures for general improvements, lead theft, security upgrades or measures to tackle anti-social behaviour or other criminality unconnected with hate crime.
As part of the application, applicants need to provide evidence of vulnerability to religious hate crime.
This could include, for example:
- photographs/reports of incidents at your place of worship/associated faith community centre or nearby
- police reports of a hate crime or incident at your place of worship/associated faith community centre or nearby
- a letter or email from your local police force confirming that your institution is in an area where there has been high incidence of religiously motivated hate crimes
- evidence of particular tensions in the community, for example, from a local authority community coordinator
This list is not exhaustive and any reasonable evidence that you provide will be considered. The ‘top tips’ document gives examples of evidence.
Places of worship can include:
- Associated faith community centres.
The Jewish community are not eligible for funding from this scheme as a separate commitment was made to fund security measures at community sites through a grant administered by the Community Security Trust.
Applicants will need to contribute 20% of the total cost of the security measures. The closing date for applications is 23.59 on the 31st August 2019.