Places of worship: security funding scheme

Apply for funding for security measures to prevent hate crime.

About the scheme

The scheme is one of the main commitments contained within the Government Hate Crime Action Plan. It will provide protective security measures to places of worship that have been subject to, or are vulnerable to a hate crime attack.

Funding will not be available for improvements, security upgrades, crimes such as anti-social behaviour, burglary and theft of lead from church roofs.

You can bid for funding from 3 April 2017.

Hate crime

Hate crimes are any crimes committed against someone because of their real or perceived race, religion, disability, gender-identity or sexual orientation (as well as verbal or physical attacks on the person). For this scheme, we are focusing on religion. To meet the criteria, you need to demonstrate that any crimes committed at your place of worship (or one not necessarily of the same faith within a 2 mile radius) was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on religion or belief.

We recognise that some places of worship have not been subject to hate crime attacks, but are in close proximity and may feel particularly vulnerable. A measure of distance of 2 miles was decided to be a reasonable criterion.


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

  • churches
  • gurdwaras
  • mosques
  • temples

Schools, educational institutions, community centres, NHS establishments (including chapels and prayer rooms) and any places that may hold religious services 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 will be exempt from this scheme as a similar commitment was made to fund Jewish community sites through a grant administered by the Community Security Trust.

How to bid

  1. Provide evidence of hate crime within the last 2 years. This can include police reports, records of incidents or photographic evidence. You must demonstrate that either your place of worship or one from your local community (within 2 miles) has been subject to a hate based attack.
  2. Arrange a site survey with your local crime prevention design adviser (CPDA) or the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) and get them to complete and sign an assessment form (ODT, 28.3KB)

  3. Provide 3 original quotes from approved security installers.
  4. Complete the online application form.

Security equipment

You can only bid for security equipment and not for the cost of recruiting security personnel. Below are some examples of security equipment you can bid for but this is not an exhaustive list:

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

Funding would also include the appropriate labour cost to install the security equipment.

However, there is no financial contribution towards:

  • any annual service charge
  • maintenance charges
  • one-off fees such as connection or monitoring charges

Site survey

You need to have evidence of hate crime (for example police reports, records of incidents or photographic evidence) before you arrange a site survey and discuss your security requirements with the MLA or your local CPDA 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 adviser (CTSA), the survey should be completed by them.

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.

When selecting a MLA approved company, please note that if the survey requires any electronic security element such as alarm systems, access control or CCTV requirement they must also be 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.

All CPDAs are qualified to the national standards and most have completed a City and Guilds advanced certificate in crime prevention and environmental design.

Approved security installation companies

You must choose a company from a certification body. This provides reassurance that they are a reputable and trusted contractor that has been independently verified as meeting industry standards.

NSI provides certification services and reassurance that their chosen contractors will work to the highest industry standards.

MLA licensed locksmith companies are regularly inspected to ensure quality and are able to provide advice, recommend products that are fit for purpose as well as provide professional installation.

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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 etc, as applicable). The award of the grant does not constitute permission to carry out the works.

Independent advisory panel

If you provide sufficient evidence of hate crime, your application will be passed to the independent advisory panel who will consider:

  • your supporting documents
  • your bid application form
  • the MLA/CPDA and Home Office assessment

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 in security measures.

Funding requirements

Places of worship need to contribute 20% of the total costs.

Approved bids

We will issue a funding agreement to places of worship. 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 2018. 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 (80%) within 30 days of receipt of invoice.


Bid opens 3 April 2017
Bid closes 5pm on 29 May 2017
Bid review period 30 May to 3 August 2017
Outcome communicated By 4 August 2017

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