With Hate Crime on the rise across Bury and Greater Manchester - particularly on the grounds of religion and race - work has been stopped up to tackle these issues at a grassroots level. Bury Council will be making funding available for local voluntary and community groups to tackle and raise awareness of hate crime.
The Bury Community Safety Partnership is making a total of £10,000 available, with groups able to bid for up to £2,000 each for their project or event. The projects are designed to complement Hate Crime Awareness Week, which runs from 5 to 9 February 2018.
The closing date for funding applications is 10am on Friday 12 January 2018. For details of how to apply, go to: www.theburydirectory.co.uk/hatecrimeawarenessweek
Labour Councillor Tamoor Tariq, Cabinet Member for Communities and Safer Neighbourhoods, said: “Anyone can be a victim of hate crime. As well as having a huge impact on the victim it can have wider consequences for communities. There are many organisations in Bury who do tremendous work in making our society a friendly and tolerant place, and I would urge them to apply for the funding by 12th January.”
“We have worked with a number of agencies to drive home the message that hate crime will not be tolerated in Bury and are doing this in a variety of ways; through schools, colleges, faith groups and community leaders. There is, however, still a lot of work to be done and I look forward to seeing the good work that the successful Bury groups will be doing to support victims and help educate people on this serious issue.”