GRANTS of up to £2,000 are available for projects helping communities to come together to combat hate, prejudice and extremism.
The grants are available through Manchester’s Radequal programme which was developed jointly by Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Police and the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace working closely with communities.
Radequal was launched last year and is separate from, but complementary to, the Home Officefunded Prevent programme which is designed to challenge extremism in all its forms.
Organisations across the city delivering projects have so far included the charity Better Things, the Factory Youth Zone in North Manchester and the Foundation for Peace themselves.
Coun 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 concerns about hate crime and we are doing all we can to help empower communities to challenge and prevent hate, prejudice and extremism.
“We have been overwhelmed by support from communities and voluntary sector organisations who want to help 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.” To apply for a grant, or to find out more about Radequal, visit www. makingmanchester. safe.com and follow the Radequal link. The closing date for grant applications is July 31. Activities must be delivered between September this year and March 2018. UP TO ●
Communities have stood together in their response to the Manchester Arena bomb