Funding news

New Framework and £7.5million Support for Faith Funding – Monday 28 July 2008

The Framework for Partnership outlines new support and £7.5m worth of investment over three years to encourage & enable greater local activity, bringing people from different religions and beliefs together.

The financial support is intended to help ensure that

  • there is an independent Regional Faith Forum in every English region; and
  • community groups have access to funding under the Faiths in Action Fund.

£4m will go towards the Faiths in Action Fund, a grants programme open to faith, inter faith, voluntary and community organisations and groups in England from 1 August 2008. Grants will be distributed in two rounds. Round one will issue grants of up to £12,000 to be spent over two years. It is hoped the grants will support a wide variety of local activities in a range of community settings.

In addition the government will:

* produce a guidance leaflet for local communities which shows ways in which individuals & groups can work together with those with different faiths & beliefs and those with none

* provide supportive guidance to local authorities on the practical steps they can take such as supporting shared community spaces

* work in partnership with the Inter Faith Network for the UK to organise an Inter Faith Week - encouraging faith communities across the country at all levels to raise awareness and celebrate inter faith work

For more information, go to: (opens new window).

Full details on the Faiths in Action Fund will be published on this site shortly.