Grants on offer to support city solidarity
Grants of up to £2,000 are available for projects that help bring communities together to combat hate, prejudice and extremism in Manchester.
The grants are available through the city’s RADEQUAL programme, which was developed jointly by Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Police and the Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Foundation for Peace, working closely with communities as part of the city’s response to challenging radicalisation.
To apply for a grant, or simply to find out more about the RADEQUAL campaign and grant programme, visit www.makingmanchestersafer.com and follow the RADEQUAL link.
The closing date for grant applications is 31 July 2017. Activities must be delivered between September this year and March 2018.
The RADEQUAL campaign was launched in September last year in response to consultation and engagement with and between communities on the Government's Prevent and Counter Extremism strategies. The RADEQUAL campaign is Manchester communities' response to these programmes, and is designed to work with all communities and challenge all types of extremism.
Organisations delivering citywide projects included the charity Better Things, the Factory Youth Zone in north Manchester, and the Foundation for Peace.
Councillor Nigel Murphy, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods for Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester has reacted with incredible solidarity to the Manchester Arena atrocity and its aftermath. Terrorists and other extremists want to turn us against each other, and we know the vast majority of Manchester people are determined not to give them what they want.
“At the same time, we recognise that horrendous events such as this can feed tensions within communities and cause concerns about hate crime. So we are doing all we can to help empower communities to challenge and prevent hate, prejudice and extremism in whatever form they manifest themselves.
“We have been overwhelmed by offers of support from communities and voluntary sector organisations that want to help with this important agenda, and that’s the focus of this latest round of grants. This is just one of many strands of this work and it's up to all of us to stand together.”