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Community Relations: Religion

Volume 488: debated on Friday 6 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1041-42W, on community relations: religion, what guidance her Department issued in 2008 on the amount available in round one of the Faiths in Action programme administered by the Community Development Fund; what mechanisms her Department used to make funding allocations in accordance with guidance; how the funding originally announced has been allocated; and if she will make a statement. (260947)

The guidance issued by the Community Development Foundation and my Department in July 2008 confirmed the total amount available for the Faiths in Action programme (£4 million) and the maximum grant size for Round One—£12,000, to be spent over two years. This has not changed. A total of £2.4 million is available in Round One: £600,000 in 2009-10 and £1.8 million in 2010-11. We are currently considering Round One applications with the fund administrator and expect to announce the successful projects in the spring.