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Religious Groups

Volume 456: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which (a) Muslim, (b) Hindu and (c) Sikh organisations received funding from her Department in each of the last five years; and how much has been allocated to each such organisation for 2006-07. (111995)

The Department has a number of funding streams which enable faith-based organisations to deliver a wide range of community based projects. Some are targeted specifically at faith organisations. Some faith organisations apply for mainstream grants and are awarded money on the same basis as any other applicant.

The key source of targeted funding for faith organisations is the Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund. In 2006, 96 Muslim organisations received a total of £1,447,307; 21 Hindu organisations received £225,445 and 14 Sikh organisations received £347,222. A further breakdown is available on the Community Development Foundation website

Information on which faith organisations have received mainstream funding is not held centrally, and could therefore be provided only at disproportionate cost.