The Home Office has opened a funding scheme to improve security for places of worship that have been subject to or could be vulnerable to hate crime.
Hate crimes, for the purposes of this fund, are defined as any crimes committed against a person because of their real or perceived religion.
The funding is available to churches, gurdwaras, mosques, and temples, but not for synagogues, as a similar commitment was made to fund Jewish community sites through a grant administered by the Community Security Trust.
There is a total funding pot of £1 million for this round. Grants of up to £56,000 per place of worship are available for projects costing up to £70,000.
The funding is to be used for the cost of additional security equipment. Match funding of at least 20% of the total project costs is required.
Examples of security equipment that can be applied for include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Perimeter fencing
• Access control gates
• Door locks
• Window locks
• Intruder alarm
• External lighting
• 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 10 August and you can find out how to apply on the Government website