Guidance

Building a Stronger Britain Together

Funding and support for groups involved in counter-extremism projects in their communities.

About the programme

The counter-extremism strategy encourages partnership between the government and people involved in projects that counter extremism and build stronger communities.

The Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) programme supports civil society and community organisations who work to create more resilient communities, stand up to extremism in all its forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, age and gender. The programme allows organisations that share these aims to bid for in-kind support and grant funding for specific programmes that deliver goals set out in the Counter Extremism Strategy.

We have supported 244 groups across England and Wales who are working to challenge extremism within their community. Details of the groups we have supported and the region(s) they are operating are detailed in the list of BSBT supported groups (ODT, 22.7KB) . This list does not include groups whose funding has ended.

To help groups expand their reach and influence, the Building a Stronger Britain Together programme offers 2 forms of support through a competitive bidding process:

  • in-kind support: such as social media training, technical assistance to help a group improve their website, or capacity building work to help a group protect more vulnerable individuals
  • grants: targeted funding for specific projects with demonstrable outcomes which provide a positive alternative to extremist voices

Applications for grant funding are no longer open.

Building a Stronger Britain Together progress report 2019

On 11 October 2019, the Home Office published the first Building a Stronger Britain Together progress report. This report outlines what BSBT has delivered to date, as well as presenting interim findings from an independent evaluation of its effectiveness against each of the five BSBT workstreams:

  • grant funding to civil society organisations tackling extremism at the local level
  • in-kind communications support (IKS) to build the long-term capacity and amplify the voices of key organisations working to challenge extremism
  • network events and training courses to develop organisations’ understanding of extremism, improve their ability to tackle it and to share best practice
  • counter extremism community coordinators embedded in selected local authorities to develop local understanding of extremism and counter extremism at the local level
  • local and national communications campaigns to address a range of extremism challenges

In-kind support – guidance for applicants

Please read the in-kind support guidance for applicants (PDF, 422KB, 14 pages) or the in-kind support guidance for applicants in Welsh (PDF, 420KB, 14 pages) . The guidance contains information on:

  • the BSBT programme objectives
  • who can bid for support
  • what in-kind support covers
  • how to complete your application form

To allow for all BSBT work to be completed by December 2019, the application window for in-kind support has now closed.

Should you have any queries about existing in-kind support applications, please email BSBT@homeoffice.gov.uk, or speak to your local Community Coordinator.

Privacy notice

You can read the privacy notice (PDF, 121KB, 3 pages) or the Applying for grant support: guidance for applicants (PDF, 243KB, 22 pages) on how we will process your personal data.

Published 16 September 2016
Last updated 6 December 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated list of BSBT supported groups to remove groups whose funding has ended.

  2. Added notice of upcoming changes to the list of BSBT supported groups.

  3. Building a Stronger Britain Together supported groups pdf updated with new groups added.

  4. Added information about the Building a Stronger Britain Together progress report 2019.

  5. Updated list of BSBT supported groups.

  6. Updated content about the application process.

  7. Updated the text in the box to reflect applications now closed.

  8. Update to closing dates.

  9. Added document showing BSBT supported groups.

  10. Privacy notice updated.

  11. Updated to remove grant funding link

  12. List of groups supported by the BSBT added.

  13. Updated information on applying for grants.

  14. Updated links to guidance on in-kind support and privacy notice. Also added links to Welsh translations of the in-kind support guidance and privacy notice.

  15. Updated privacy notice attached.

  16. Privacy notice added.

  17. Updated page with guidance document for applicants and link to the in-kind support form.

  18. Guidance updated throughout, including a revised list of groups that have been successful so far.

  19. Updated guidance.

  20. Updated guidance.

  21. The call for grant funding has now closed.

  22. Second release of in-kind and grant funding announced.

  23. First published.