Government injects £15m into project to boost race equality

Seventy-five black and minority ethnic voluntary organisations have been given £15m by the Government as part of a drive to improve race equality.

The cash represents the third round of funding of the Home Office's Connecting Communities grant scheme, which was launched in May 2000.

Voluntary sector and race equality minister Fiona Mactaggart said: "These projects are encouraging people to get involved in their communities and gain new skills to fulfil their potential. Celebrating local achievements helps tackle racist and negative stereotyping and can help give people a real sense of belonging."

Among the groups receiving funding are Age Concern East Midlands, which has been awarded £107,410 for a minority ethnic elders project, and the African-Caribbean Development Agency, which is charged with developing a network of BME organisations and building their capacity to secure external funding.

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