New government funding for community relations and race equality work

The Government has announced £660,000 new funding for third sector groups working to improve community relations and race equality.

The grants are the latest instalment of an £18m funding programme for third sector groups that has already supported 330 groups so far. The funding programme was first announced in 2005 as part of the Government’s Improving Opportunity, Strengthening Society strategy, and hopes to tackle such issues as racism and extremism.

“Tackling race inequality remains an essential part of this Government’s programme and a major personal priority for me,” said Hazel Blears, the communities secretary.

“That’s why Connecting Communities Plus looks to help charities working on race, faith or cohesion grow, prosper and reach out in ways that government simply cannot.”

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