Government offers £2m for social cohesion projects

Charities and community groups are being invited to apply for a share of £2m of government funds for projects that promote social cohesion. 

The Faith, Race and Hate Crime Grant scheme offers funding of between £100,000 and £450,000 to support inter-faith and community projects in England that will build bridges between people of all backgrounds.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government said the funding would back schemes that “champion the government’s commitment to building a diverse and tolerant society for all faiths and races”. 

The department said it was looking for “established organisations” to run nine-month projects that either promoted shared values among people of all backgrounds through social integration and meaningful civic participation, or tackled religious or racially discriminatory behaviour by dealing with the underlying issues and raising awareness. 

Robert Jenrick, the communities secretary, said: “Our country is home to people with a wonderfully diverse range of faiths and beliefs.

“The funding announced today will help us celebrate this diversity, champion our shared identity and values and bring people together to create a better society.”

Applications will be open until 11:50pm on 17 April, with successful bids being confirmed in June. 

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