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Community Safety Lead welcomes funding for projects to tackle hate crime

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County Cllr Julie Gibson has welcomed the Government’s recent announcement of funding for projects for Community Groups involved in tackling hate crime.  Groups are invited to apply for funding of between £25,000 – £50,000.

Cllr Gibson said: “Providing funding for projects which prevent hate crime is one of the actions included in the UK Government’s hate crime action plan and I would urge all groups involved in the delivery of this work to apply to this fund.”

She continued: “The aim of the fund is to work with affected communities to develop a range of pilot projects to tackle hate crime, by funding the development of innovative projects that support the delivery of the five key aims of the UK Government’s plan for tackling hate crime.

The five key aims are:

  1.         Preventing hate crime
  2.         Responding to hate crime in our communities
  3.         Increasing the reporting of hate crime
  4.         Improving support for the victims of hate crime
  5.         Building our understanding of hate crime

Cllr Gibson said: “Whilst I welcome the funding it is disappointing that the available pot is only £300,000.00, but it is a start, and if it proves to be a success I would hope that the Government commits further to this initiative by making further funds available.”

The deadline for projects is 14th October. Further information can be found at:

www.gov.uk/guidance/preventing-hate-crime-funding-for-community-projects or by emailing hatecrimeprojects@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

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