Shropshire Council

Funding to support reporting

The Hate Crime Reporting Group has been allocated a sum of money by the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner as part of ongoing work to tackle hate crime, increase reporting and put in place projects and initiatives that can help support victims. The funding is available to organisations and agencies working to tackle hate crime. All applicants must be active in Shropshire Council’s local authority area and spend any agreed funding so that it benefits people in the same area. Multiple funding applications can be made at the chair's discretion.

Eligible applicants

  • community groups
  • registered charities
  • not-for-profit groups
  • residents’ associations
  • registered social landlords 
  • public sector organisations

What do we fund?

Funding can be used for eligible costs such as:

  • hate crime and hate incident awareness work
  • hate crime and hate incident prevention including celebrating diversity, anti-discrimination and equality work
  • publicising reporting centres
  • training third party reporting centre staff / volunteers
  • research around hate crimes and incidents
  • projects for vulnerable people
  • activities for young people

Funding cannot be used for:

  • core costs for existing work (though we can support start-up costs for new projects)
  • staff salaries
  • retrospective funding – the funding will not pay for goods or services that have already been purchased or provided
  • grants for individuals

All work must be undertaken to ensure compliance with legislation, including the Equality Act 2010.

Applications

The existing application form for the Community Safety Fund can be used to apply for the Hate Crime Reporting Group Fund. Applications will then be considered by the members of the Hate Crime Reporting Group. Any member of the group who applies for funding will declare an interest and not take part in the decision making process. If the fund runs out in any given financial year, no further applications can be made.

Reporting arrangements – projects and outcomes

Monitoring reports should provide an insight into the extent of delivery of projects funded under this initiative, and whether the outcomes set out in the initial application have been achieved.

Monitoring procedure:

  • an itemised breakdown of actual expenditure against budget in relation to any award must be submitted with copies of relevant invoices and receipts
  • a report of progress and impact
  • a note of any portion of the grant which hasn't been used as specified in the application form. Arrangements will need to be made for this money to be returned to Shropshire Council unless prior written consent is given by the Hate Crime Reporting Group, and endorsed by the Safer Stronger Communities Partnership Board, for it to be used otherwise

For more information please contact Andrew Gough (Shropshire Council, team manager – Safer Communities) on 01743 253984 or email: andrew.gough@shropshire.gov.uk