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 are delighted that 125 groups have been successful so far (PDF, 161KB, 6 pages) .

More information about the groups we support and the work they are delivering can be found in the partnership support programme summer update (PDF, 1.12MB, 5 pages) . We will be publishing an autumn update shortly.

If you wish to join the BSBT Newsletter mailing list, please contact us at BSBT@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk.

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

You can apply for both in-kind support and grant funding.

Guidance for applicants

Please read the guidance for applicants (PDF, 188KB, 25 pages) . It contains information on:

  • programme objectives
  • who can bid for support
  • the types of support available
  • how to complete your application form

Apply for support

The call for grant funding is open from Monday 15 January 2018 at 3pm until Friday 16 February 2018 at 5pm.

You can still apply for funding if your previous application was unsuccessful.

If you applied for funding in rounds 1 and 2, you may apply for funding in round 3. You can also apply for funding if you have been or are in receipt of in-kind communications support.

The call for in-kind communications support will re-open shortly. It has been closed temporarily while we update the application form. If you have any queries about an application in progress which you have not yet submitted, please email us at BSBT@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk.

Published 16 September 2016
Last updated 15 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance.
  2. Updated guidance.
  3. The call for grant funding has now closed.
  4. Second release of in-kind and grant funding announced.
  5. First published.