Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme – applications open
The Home Office has announced that the fourth round of the Places of Worship (POW) Protective Security Funding Scheme is open for applications until 23:59 on the 31 August 2019. Over the first three years of the scheme more than 130 places of worship have been awarded grants to install measures such as protective alarms, security lighting and access controls.
This year’s scheme has been made easier for places of worship and associated faith community centres to apply. Applicants no longer need to find their own quotes for security measures; instead applicants will benefit from a central supplier for assessments, quotes and installation. The Home Office was aware of the need for the chosen central supplier to have experience working with listed places of worship. Please let me know if you hear of any suggested works in listed buildings that are not appropriate to the setting.
Applicants no longer need to show they have already experienced hate crime, the test will be vulnerability to hate crime.
The scheme is open to places of worship and associated faith community centres (a community centre run by a place of worship or near a place of worship that is faith based, and where regular worship takes place) across England and Wales.
Further details of the funding scheme and how to apply are here.