Preventing hate crime: funding for community projects

Apply for funding for community projects that prevent hate crime.

Hate crimes are crimes that are motivated by hostility or prejudice on the grounds of race (including colour, nationality, ethnicity and national origin), religion, disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity.

Providing funding for projects that prevent hate crime is one of the actions included in the UK government’s hate crime action plan.

About the fund

The aim of the fund is to work with affected communities to fund the development of projects that:

  • prevent hate crime
  • respond to hate crime in our communities
  • increase the reporting of hate crime
  • improve support for the victims of hate crime
  • build our understanding of hate crime

The Home Office is seeking to fund projects up to £75,000. Project are expected to finish delivery by March 2020, with all invoices submitted by 31 March 2020.

We expect to fund up to 8 projects but reserve the right to vary the number of projects we fund.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for motivated and creative community groups to develop projects that help to prevent hate crime and issues associated with it. Your project development must involve stakeholders who are affected by, are past or potential perpetrators of hate crime, or those who support victims/perpetrators of hate crime.

Please read the additional guidance for applicants (PDF, 712KB, 30 pages) before submitting a bid. You can also read guidance for applicants in Welsh (PDF, 747KB, 32 pages).

We are particularly interested in projects targeting specific points of hate crime incidents, such as public transport, online or the night-time economy. However, this will not affect the assessment of applications and does not preclude any other types of projects from applying.

Who can apply?

The following are eligible to apply:

  • any registered English or Welsh charities
  • any charitable incorporated organisation in England or Wales
  • companies limited by guarantee
  • not for profit registered community interest companies
  • constituted community and voluntary community sector groups
  • 3rd sector/public sector partnerships (providing the lead organisation bidding for funding is not a public sector or local government body)
  • groups who have applied to this scheme previously whether they have been successful or unsuccessful in securing funding.

How to apply

Please complete and submit the application form (MS Word Document, 175KB) and return to by 7 December 2018. You can also use the application form in Welsh (MS Word Document, 175KB), but all applications must be submitted in English. Please note applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Before beginning to complete this form, please read the guidance for applicants (PDF, 712KB, 30 pages) and ensure you are eligible to apply.

Failure to upload relevant documentation and complete your application in full will result in your application not being considered.

If you require clarification on any elements of the application process please email us at and we will respond within 5 working days.


We require a contact (including organisation address and email address) from each organisation, and confirmation that the contact provided is over 18 years old. We reserve the right to carry out any checks required as part of our standard fraud prevention process, so please check that the information provided is correct. All organisations need to provide this.


If you are successful and you are awarded a grant we may need a solicitor to confirm that under your governing document, your organisation has the legal power to run a project. Details of your solicitor are not required at the application stage.

Important dates

19 October 2018 Applications open
7 December 2018 Application window closes at 23:59
10 December 2018 to 1 February 2019 Bid review period
Week commencing 4 February 2019 Successful applicants notified
1 April 2019 Projects commence
31 March 2020 Project completion including final reports (narrative, financial and evaluation), and final invoices submitted

Please note that projects will be expected to report on a quarterly basis on project delivery, finances and evaluation plans.

Data Protection

To find out more about how we process and protect your information, and your rights in relation to this, please see the Privacy Information Notice (PIN) (PDF, 117KB, 2 pages).

Contact us

If you have any questions or need clarification please email

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Published 12 September 2016
Last updated 19 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. Bid window now open for 2019 funding.

  2. Year 2 of the scheme launched.

  3. First published.