The UK government launched a program of support for frontline organizations working to challenge extremism in their communities.
Organizations with a track record of promoting community cohesion and tackling extremism are being encouraged to bid for support as part of the first wave of the Building a Stronger Britain Together program. This four-year initiative aims to promote and strengthen positive mainstream voices across Britain.
Extremists promote hatred and intolerance and cause harm to communities and individuals. This includes far right groups who encourage anti-Muslim hatred and anti-semitism.
Groups who stand up to extremism can apply online for in-kind support up to a value of £75,000 ($84,000), or grant funding up to £50,000 ($55,000). In-kind support might include social media training, help setting up a website or advice on media activity. Grant funding will be given for clearly defined proposals, for example a project to help 15 to 18 year olds find full-time employment after leaving school in an area where far right groups are attempting to recruit vulnerable young adults.
There will be a new call for bids for each new financial year to make sure the funding has impact across all four years, and to make sure that support is always given to groups doing the most relevant and innovative work.