Local community organisations, charities and social enterprises are being given the opportunity to apply for grant funding to help them make an impact during next year's Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Grants of up to £500 are available to fund projects or work which will help raise awareness of what hate crime is, increase hate crime reporting and celebrate diversity in the borough's communities.
'Hostility, prejudice or hatred towards somebody because of who they are is never acceptable'
A hate crime is any crime, act of violence or hostility that is targeted at a person or their property because of prejudice towards that person's:
- Race or ethnicity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Transgender identity
- Alternative subculture
The projects, which must be launched during Hate Crime Awareness Week (Monday, 5 February 2018 - Sunday, 11 February 2018) should focus on at least 1 of these groups and have a positive impact on local communities with the borough of Rochdale.
Applications for projects focussed around preventing discrimination against armed forces personnel and carers will also be considered.
'Let's work together to end hate crime altogether'
The funding can be used to cover the costs of room hire, food, materials, equipment, session workers or any other reasonable activity costs as long as it relates to hate crime.
Councillor Janet Emsley, Rochdale Borough Council's cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community & culture, said: "Hostility, prejudice or hatred towards somebody because of who they are is never acceptable and we will not tolerate it. That's why we think it's really important to work together with our communities and partners to end hate crime altogether and support everyone living or visiting our borough to feel safe.
"So whether you want to hold a coffee morning, a family fun day or a football tournament get in touch because we want to help."
Organisations wishing to apply for grant funding should request an application from Emma Salloway and return it by 5pm, Friday, 26 January 2018. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about hate crime and how to report it in Greater Manchester visit Let's End Hate Crime