Home Secretary Amber Rudd has awarded more than £700,000 in funding to schemes designed to tackle hate crime in communities and protect places of worship. Nine community projects will now benefit from over £300,000 for innovative schemes to help tackle specific types of hate crime.
An additional £405,000 has been awarded to 59 places of worship, including 45 churches, 12 mosques, one Hindu temple and one gurdwara in order to help pay for security measures such as CCTV or protective fencing.
The announcement comes after the Home Secretary and Communities Secretary Sajid Javid met faith leaders on Wednesday 16 November to discuss ways in which to beat religious hate crime. Sarah Newton, the Minister for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Counter-Extremism, Solicitor General Robert Buckland, representatives of hate crime charities, law enforcement leads and representatives from major social media firms also attended the meeting, which was held during national Interfaith Week.
Amber Rudd said: “The funding is the latest step in this Government’s mission to stamp out all types of hate crime, which has absolutely no place in a Britain that works for everyone. These innovative community schemes will help local groups target the heart of the issue in their area and show others what can be done to confront hate crime. Alongside this, the security funding will help protect a cross-section of faiths from attack. Working together, we can beat hatred. This is precisely why we brought together experts and representatives of those affected by religious hate crime to discuss what’s currently being done and what more we can do.”
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid added: “This Government is determined to tackle hate crime in all its forms. If we are truly to build a country that works for everyone, people of different faiths should be free to worship without fear of prejudice or attack.”
Detail on projects being funded
The funding is the first to be granted from the £900,000 community demonstration project scheme and the £2.4 million fund for protective security at places of worship, both launched in July by the Home Secretary alongside the Government’s Hate Crime Action Plan.
The nine community projects detailed below will each receive awards of between £24,000 and £50,000:
*Eastern European Resource Centre – to support Polish and Romanian nationals dealing with hate crime incidents in London
*The REMEDI and Restorative Justice Council – a scheme orchestrated to help victims of hate crime in Derby access restorative justice
*Voluntary Action Leeds – to help prevent hate crime by challenging the beliefs and attitudes that can lead to it by supporting those who work with young people with racist beliefs
*GALOP – a national project to identify, monitor and support victims to report online LGBT hate crime
*Christianity Reaching Inner City Birmingham – to work to encourage young people to report hate crime rather than retaliating
*Stop Hate UK project in Cardiff – to enable young transgender people to join forces, create their own online narratives and support mechanisms designed to reduce social isolation while at the same time challenging the attitudes which contribute towards hate crime
*Blackburn Youth Zone – to use the concept of a Citizens Jury for engaging local residents in addressing hate crime
*Open College Network – working with young people in Young Offender Institutions and Pupil Referral Units in Liverpool and the North West to educate them on hate crime, increase empathy and reduce re-offending
*Carlisle Mencap – to develop a hate crime resource accessible to and developed by people with learning disabilities which explains what disability hate crime is, how to recognise it and where to go for help and support