Government funding to improve the physical security of places of worship including mosques, temples, churches, gurdwaras and faith association community centres.
The Home Office is providing £3.2 million in grant funding this year to help places of worship who feel they are vulnerable to hate crime to install more secure gates, locks, alarms and CCTV in order to deter and prevent hate crime attacks.
Places of worship in England and Wales, including churches, gurdwaras, mosques, temples and associated faith community centres, can apply for grants of up to £56,000 per place of worship.
The funding can cover the costs of up to three security measures from the following list:
- CCTV (fixed cameras, not pan-tilt cameras)
- Fencing and/or railings (no more than 2.1m high)
- Manually operated pedestrian and vehicle gates
- Automated vehicle gates Security doors and locks
- Reinforcing single glazed windows (with anti-shatter film or bars/grilles)
- Intruder alarms Access control (fob or keypad)
- Video intercom systems Lighting (building mounted)
The funding only covers the provision and installation of these security measures. It does not cover other associated costs such as licensing and planning permission, or ongoing costs such as charges for annual service, maintenance and monitoring.
Organisations need to provide 20% funding towards the costs.
The deadline for applications is 23:59 on 9 August 2020. Given the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the application process has been changed to allow the scheme to launch without applicants needing to attend their place of worship or engage Designing Out Crime Officers to undertake site assessments at this point in time.