Today, the Home Office has announced £770,000 of funding is being awarded to 31 organisations as part of the latest round of the Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) campaign.
What is the BSBT programme?
The BSBT programme supports civil society and community organisations who work to create more resilient communities, stand up to extremism in all its forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, age and gender.
The programme allows organisations that share these aims to bid for in-kind support and grant funding for specific programmes that deliver goals set out in the Counter Extremism Strategy.
What support is available and who is it available for?
The programme offers two forms of support through an open and competitive bidding process:
- in-kind support - funding made available for civil society and community organisations to improve their reach and capacity to deliver BSBT and Counter Extremism Strategy objectives.
- this can take the form of social media training, technical assistance to help a group improve their website, or capacity building
- grants, targeted funding for civil society and community organisations to deliver projects which deliver BSBT and Counter Extremism Strategy objectives
This support is available for projects that meet one of more of the BSBT’s programme outcomes, as well as evidencing local need for the work:
- 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
How long has it been running?
The scheme was first launched in September 2016.
How much funding has been provided?
More than £9 million has been awarded to groups since the programme started in 2015. The full list of groups that have benefited is available on gov.uk.
There is a misconception that BSBT is part of the Government’s counter terrorism strategy. This is incorrect. BSBT is separate to the Counter Terrorism Strategy.
The Counter Terrorism Strategy aims to reduce the risk to the UK and its citizens from all forms of terrorism. Prevent is part of the Counter Terrorism strategy and seeks to tackle the influences of radicalisation and respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism.