Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme Opens for England and Wales (application deadline 10 August)

The Home Office is providing funding to help places of worship tackle hate crimes against them through the installation of additional security equipment. The Home Office defines a hate crime as any crime committed against a person because of their real or perceived religion.

The  total funding budget is  £1 million.  Grants up to £56,000 per place of worship are available for projects costing up to £70,000.

Grants are to be used for the cost of additional security equipment. Match funding of at least 20% of the total project costs is required. Applicants can be either vulnerable to a hate crime or have been subject to a hate crime within the previous 2 years.

The following may apply for funding:

o  Gurdwaras;
o  Mosques; and
o Temples.

Synagogues are not eligible as a commitment has been made to fund Jewish community sites through a grant administered by the Community Security Trust.

Examples of security equipment that can be applied for include, but are not limited to, the following

o Perimeter fencing;
o Access control gates;
o Bollards;
o Door locks;
o Window locks;
o Intruder alarms;
o External lighting; and
o Security doors.

Funding is also available to pay the appropriate labour cost to install the security equipment.

All funded work must be completed by 31 March 2019.

The deadline for applications is Friday 10 August 2018.

Further information is available from GRIN or the GOV.UK website.