Faith Institutions are more vulnerable to hate crime than ever before, SFI is working with local and national Government and security experts to recognise and mitigate these threats.
In May, we worked with our partners Faiths Forum for London to organise a conference around security and safety for faith communities at London’s City Hall.
We have been running roadshows across different cities including Birmingham, Walsall, Nottingham and Derby.
The fourth year of funding for the Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme is now open for applications.
The Home Office have made improvements to this year’s scheme to make it easier for places of worship and associated faith community centres to apply. This includes removing the need for applicants to find their own quotes for security measures; instead applicants will benefit from a central supplier for assessments, quotes and installation.
In addition the scheme now includes faith community centres, and broadened the eligibility criteria so that applicants no longer need to show they have already experienced hate crime. Instead the test will be vulnerability to hate crime.
The scheme is open to places of worship and associated faith community centres (we define this as a community centre run by a place of worship or near a place of worship that is faith based, and where regular worship takes place) across England and Wales.
If you would like to apply for the scheme and would like SFI to support your institution, click here.