Places of worship: security funding scheme

Apply for funding for security measures to protect against hate crime.

About the scheme

The scheme is one of the main commitments contained within the Government Hate Crime Action Plan. It will provide funding for protective security measures to places of worship that are vulnerable to hate crime.

You can submit bids for funding from 8 June until 23:59 on 10 August 2018. Places of worship can submit bids for projects costing up to £70,000 for protective security measures and will be required to contribute at least 20 percent of the total cost of the project. The Home Office will award funding on a discretionary basis up to a maximum of £56,000 per place of worship.

Funding will not be available for improvements, lead theft, security upgrades or measures to tackle anti-social behaviour or other criminality unconnected with hate crime.

Hate crime

Any crime that is motivated by hostility on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity can be classed as a hate crime. For this scheme, we are focusing on religion. To meet the criteria for consideration for funding, your application will need to demonstrate that your place of worship is vulnerable to hate crime or has been subjected to an attack within the last 2 years and which was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on religion or belief.


We will consider bids from places of worship in England and Wales. Below are some examples of places of worship eligible to apply for the funding but this is not an exhaustive list:

  • Churches
  • Gurdwaras
  • Mosques
  • Temples

Faith schools, educational institutions, community centres, NHS establishments (including chapels and prayer rooms) are not eligible to apply.

If a vicarage, manse, community or church hall is attached to the place of worship building, only the building used for worship is eligible for funding.

The Jewish community are not eligible for funding from this scheme as a similar commitment was made to fund community sites through a grant administered by the Community Security Trust.

How to bid

  1. Provide evidence that your place of worship has been subject to hate crime within the last two years and/or is vulnerable to hate crime. This could include for example, photographs or police reports, or a letter or email from your local police force confirming that your institution is in an area where there has been high incidents of racially or religiously motivated hate crimes at places of worship. This is not exhaustive and any reasonable evidence that you provide will be considered.
  2. Arrange a site survey with your local Designing out Crime Officers (DOCO) or the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) and get them to complete and sign an assessment form (ODT, 28.1KB) . See below for details of how to find your local DOCO or/and MLA member.
  3. Provide three original quotations from approved security installation companies for each security measure. One of these quotations could be from an MLA member.
  4. Complete the online application form.

Security equipment

You can only bid for funding to cover the costs of security equipment and not for the cost of recruiting security personnel. Below are some examples of security equipment which might be covered by the funding scheme, but this is not an exhaustive list:

  • CCTV
  • perimeter fencing
  • access control gates
  • window locks
  • intruder alarm
  • external lighting
  • security doors

You can bid for up to 3 separate security measures. Funding could also cover the reasonable labour cost for installing the security equipment.

However, funding under this scheme cannot cover ongoing costs such as charges for annual service, maintenance or monitoring.

Site assessment

You need to have evidence that your place of worship is vulnerable to or has been subject to hate crime before you arrange a site assessment and discuss your security requirements with your local Designing Out Crime Officers (DOCO) or a licensed member of the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) who can provide advice and assist with an assessment of the security of your building.

If you are already engaged with a Counter Terrorism Security Advisor (CTSA), the survey should be completed by them.

All DOCOs are qualified to the national standard and most have completed a City and Guilds advanced certificate in Crime Prevention and Environment Design.

MLA licensed locksmith companies have all met the strict vetting, inspection and licensing criteria and are able to provide advice based on knowledge and experience.

If you select an MLA licensee, please note that if the survey requires advice on any electronic security element such as alarm systems, access control or CCTV requirement this must be carried out by an NSI/SSAIB approved installer. If the MLA company is not accredited for this type of work, an appropriate company with the right accreditation and membership must be used for the survey and full evidence will be required in your application.

Quotations from approved security installation companies

You must use a company with industry-appropriate certification This provides reassurance that they are a reputable and trusted contractor that has been independently verified as meeting industry standards.

The 3 quotations must all be from certified bodies. Approved certification bodies are:

Planning restrictions

Successful applicants should note that they will need to seek the appropriate permissions for the work to be carried out (planning permission, listed building consent, faculty permission, and so on, as applicable). The award of the grant does not constitute permission to carry out the works.

Independent advisory panel

If your application complies with the above requirements it will be passed to the independent advisory panel.

The advisory panel is made up of representatives from the Sikh, Hindu, Muslim and Christian communities who have expertise on security issues in relation to their faith buildings. The panel will also include a representative from the Police Crime Prevention Initiatives.

The panel will make recommendations to the Home Office on the allocation of funding and final decisions are taken on a discretionary basis.

Due diligence checks will be carried out by the Home Office for applications put forward by the independent advisory panel.

Contribution to costs

Places of worship need to contribute at least 20 percent of the total cost of the project. The independent panel will advise whether they consider a contribution of more than 20 percent to be suitable. The Home Office will award funding on a discretionary basis up to a maximum of £56,000 per place of worship.

Approved bids

We will issue a funding agreement to places of worship which needs to be returned, signed before work commences. You would need to have sufficient funds to pay for the full cost of the security equipment to be installed, using one of the approved installation companies that satisfy the Home Office requirements.

Work must be completed by 31 March 2019. Invoices must be submitted and the Home Office Security Adviser will undertake audit spot checks on a number of completed projects to ensure that installation is in line with the description in the application and to their satisfaction. We will endeavour to reimburse places of worship with the agreed funding within 30 days of receiving invoices.


Bid opens 8 June 2018
Bid closes 23:59 10 August 2018
Bid review period commences 12 August 2018
Outcome communicated Beginning of October 2018 (This is a guide and can be subject to change)

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Published 26 July 2016
Last updated 8 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Bids open for 2018 fund.
  2. Bidding open for 2017 funding.
  3. Application deadline extended to 4 October 2016.
  4. Updated guidance and bid form published.
  5. First published.