At around the same time that the Home Office was announcing awards totalling £50 million from Round 4 of the Safer Streets Fund (see our website article yesterday), the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities published details of 16 Faith-based organisations that will share £1,3 million of Faith New Deal Pilot funding to deliver innovative projects.
The groups, which include Christian, Jewish and interfaith organisations, will work in partnership with councils, schools, police, health providers and voluntary groups to develop innovative interventions to tackle social issues affecting those in most need of support.
Projects will include providing debt and employability advice, tackling food poverty, providing support for mental health issues and combatting loneliness and isolation.
The fund will also help faith groups to build on the collaboration with national and local government that happened during the pandemic.
Details of all awards, which include several serving the South West region, is available on the GOV.UK website (scroll down to the foot of the press release).
Image: Caring for God’s Acre, a Shropshire-based charity (no. 1155536) that works nationally to support groups and individuals to investigate, care for, and enjoy churchyards and burial grounds, was awarded a grant of £7,586 from the Faith New Deal Pilot Fund.