Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust among race fund recipients

Tackling Race and Inequalities Fund awards cash to 27 charities

Twenty-seven voluntary organisations have been awarded grants totalling £8.8m over two years to combat race inequality.

The grants were announced in a speech by communities secretary John Denham at the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust on Wednesday.

Successful applicants, who will each receive between £200,000 and £450,000, include Age Concern and Help the Aged, the Black Training and Enterprise Group, the North of England Refugee Service, prison rehabilitation charity Clinks and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

The Tackling Race Inequalities Fund was set up to back projects by national and regional third sector organisations that address discrimination and underachievement among black and minority ethnic groups.

The selected projects cover equal opportunities, inequality of access to services, increasing civic participation, helping disadvantaged groups and research.

"We recognise it is still the case that many black and minority ethnic people face particular challenges from discrimination and prejudice," said Denham.

"These grants will help to ensure that people get a fair deal - no more, no less - whichever community they come from."

The Communities and Local Government department announced details of the fund on 24 February. It published a discussion document on the subject on the same day.

Applications were received from 127 not-for-profit organisations.

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