Building a Stronger Britain Together

Dorset Community Foundation and UK Community Foundations are partnering with advertising agency M&C Saatchi to deliver over £1million in grants as the first part of a major Home Office initiative to counter extremism.

Building a Stronger Britain Together

In Britain, each one of us is free to live the life we choose thanks to shared values that underpin our society: values that include democracy, free speech, mutual respect and opportunity for all. Such freedoms rely on a shared responsibility to respect the rights of others to live as they choose. But in recent times we have seen extremists operating at unprecedented pace and scale, seeking to divide communities and cause great harm.

The ‘Building a Stronger Britain Together’ programme will support civil society and community organisations who work to create more resilient communities, stand up to extremism in all forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative.

This programme is a partnership between Government and groups and organisations who want to see extremism defeated. Organisations can bid for grant funding and in-kind support for specific projects that deliver this goal.

Applications should be aligned with one or more of the following outcomes:

  • fewer people holding attitudes, beliefs and feelings that oppose shared values
  • an increased sense of belonging and civic participation at the local level
  • more resilient communities

Please note the following eligibility criteria:

  • Groups applying for grants of up to £14,999 must have an income of less than £200,000
  • For applications for grants between £15,000 and £50,000, we will prioritise groups with an income of less than £250,000. However, groups with a larger income will not be excluded from applying
  • Applicants should apply for no more than 25% of the group’s annual income
  • Groups which have been established for less than 12 months are not eligible to apply
  • Consortia or partnership bids are eligible
  • The programme will not award grants to pay for management or overhead salary costs but can pay for administrators supporting the BSBT project, sessional workers and volunteer expenses
  • The programme will not award grants to pay for trips abroad, capital costs, marketing or advertising, printing/publications, conferences/exhibitions, digital activity

Larger successful grants will be awarded on a quarterly basis, with quarterly reporting requirements.

Before You Apply

The above is a summary only. It is important to read the Home Office guidance document before applying (available through the apply link below). We strongly advise you discuss with our Grants Manager Ellie Maguire (on 01202 670815 or at before you make an application.

How much can you apply for?

Up to £50,000 (depending on the size of the organisation).

When to Apply?

The fund opens for applications on 15/01/2018 and will close at 5 pm on 16th February 2018.

How to apply?

To apply please visit the Home Office website by clicking here.

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