Government funding available to protect places of worship vulnerable to hate crime
A SCHEME that offers Government funding to protect places of worship vulnerable to hate crime attacks has been backed by Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
Under the new plan places of worship can apply for funding of up to £56,000 to pay for protective security measures.
The money can be used to help pay for installation of equipment including CCTV, security fencing, alarms, locks, access control and lighting – but applicants will need to contribute 20 per cent of the total cost.
To qualify claimants need to demonstrate that their place of worship or faith community centre is vulnerable to hate crime based on religion.
PCC Marc Jones said the project was an important step in reducing hate crime incidents and encouraged Lincolnshire people to apply for the grant.
“Hate crimes are a dreadful blight on any community and it is vital we do everything possible to prevent this kind of horrendous offence,” said Mr Jones.
“The new funding is a welcome step in protecting vulnerable people and places and I would encourage any organisations or groups who are eligible to apply for this funding.”
The closing date for applications to the Places of Worship Protective Security Scheme is August 31st.
This funding does not cover general improvements, lead theft, security upgrades or measures to tackle anti-social behaviour or other criminality unconnected with hate crime.
Minister for Counter Extremism Baroness Williams said: “No one should be abused or attacked, because of their faith. The government is committed to not only pursuing perpetrators of these horrendous crimes but also protecting victims.
“The hate crime action plan, refreshed in 2018, commits to providing the places of worship scheme, as well as funding community-led projects to tackle hate crime and increase reporting of these crimes.”
Please click on this link to view the online application form.