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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. 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

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