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Community Relations: Finance

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 11 March 2009, Official Report, column 477W, on community relations: finance, which projects received funding from the £8.5 million spent on Prevent-related projects in 2008-09; how much each received; and how much of the £5.1 million in funding allocated by the Community Leadership Fund will be spent in each year from 2008-09 to 2010-11. (270536)

Funding in 2008-09 has supported three broad areas of work as follows:

Supporting Faith Capacity and Leadership

Community Capacity and Leadership

Local Leadership and delivery

Specific projects supporting these areas of work and how much funding each received in 2008-09 is listed as follows:

Specific projects

Money received in 2008-09 (£)

Contextualising Islam in Britain


Islam and Citizenship Education (this is CLG’s contribution. DCSF have also contributed jointly)


Radical Middle Way


Charity Commission’s Faith and Social Cohesion Unit


Piloting of the minimum standards for Muslim chaplains engaged by public institutions


Faith Community Development Qualification for faith leaders


Prevent 08 National Conference


Improvement and Development Agency (for Local Authorities)


Creative Partnerships to promote positive alternative activities for young people


In addition, research and communications work also support the workstreams and projects listed above.

Community Leadership Fund

Of the £5.1 million Community Leadership Fund, the funding spent on Prevent projects in 2008-09 was £1,894,239.00. The following amounts have been allocated in 2009-10 to 2010-11:






Approximately £700,000 for 2010-11 is yet to be allocated.

Prevent projects supported through the CLF in 2008-09 are shown in the table:

CLF grants paid in 2008-09 only


Project description

2008-09 grant (£)

Business in the Community (BiTC)

Mosaic Muslim Media Network for Muslims working in the media sector to build the confidence of community groups and leaders to engage the media.


GW Theatre Company

GW Theatre will build their organisational infrastructure in order to deliver a national tour of their production ‘One Extreme to the Other’. Aimed at young people aged 14-25 and adults too, “One Extreme to the Other” offers a powerful theatrical stimulus to debate about issues relating to extremism and is accompanied by a comprehensive multi-media follow-up package to inform further discussion and lead in good practice. They aim to deliver 110 performances over the next three years.


Khayaal Theatre Company

Khayaal Theatre Company plans to build its capacity for growth and sustainability in order to deliver between 200-250 performances of their two plays ‘Hearts and Minds’ and ‘Sun and Wind’ in schools across the country over the next three years.


Both of these plays address the issues of radicalisation and extremism as they manifest themselves in families and communities.

Muslim Youth Helpline

Capacity building for MYH to recruit a Helpline Care Manager to develop the Helpline’s support services and extend the reach of its support services to support vulnerable young people at risk of radicalisation in ‘hard to reach’ communities, such as the Somali and Eastern European Muslim communities.


Association of Muslim Chaplains in Education (AMCED)

AMCED will build its organisational capacity to effectively deliver new services to Muslim chaplains to promote community cohesion and prevent violent extremism. This will involve recruitment and training of new staff, development and launch of their website.

44,400 from CLG

30,000 from DIUS

Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB)

Development of MINAB’s operational plan, recruitment of members to the umbrella organisation in time for the first Annual General Meeting and piloting of minimum standards in four mosques.


Henna Foundation

Building the organisational capacity of the Henna Foundation to extend their work with Muslim families and women in England. Henna will also deliver various community engagement events across England to discuss the role of the family in preventing extremism.


Muslim Women’s Network UK

Developing the infrastructure and sustainability of the Muslim Women’s Network UK to provide support and advice to over 200 women’s organisations.


Sufi Muslim Council

Building the organisational capacity of the Sufi Muslim Council in order to work with the Muslim community to prevent radicalisation and build resilience. SMC will expand its organisation to deliver activities across England and will organise cultural events in the community in order to promote discussion around violent extremism.


The Somali Messenger

The project will create a website to provide advice and guidance to the Somali community in the UK. It will focus on providing support for young Somali people and offering them advice around understanding wider UK society, accessing services, obtaining skills and training/employment. Another function of the website will be to promote moderate messages about Islam.


Ulfah Arts

Building the organisational capacity of Ulfah Arts to enable them to deliver arts based projects with young Muslims and Muslim women, which will help them to explore issues around faith and identity and challenge extremist interpretations of Islam.


Supporting youth

Common Purpose

Common Purpose will deliver leadership training courses for younger members of the Muslim community:


‘Your Turn’—a schools programme for year 9 pupils in London, Manchester, Birmingham and in West Yorkshire

‘Frontrunner’—a programme for young leaders in higher education.

A customized ‘Frontrunner’ programme for 40 young Muslim leaders who are not in full time education or who cannot make the dates of the three open programmes.

‘Navigator’—a programme in every region of the UK for first career leaders—Navigator.

Local Leagues Ltd.

Programme of sports coaching and local competitions as preventative and diversionary activities for Muslim young people (aged 8-19 years) and engagement of undergraduates with policy makers and decision makers.


Karimia Institute

Develop the work of the Muslim Youth Development Partnership, funded by CLG in 07/08 to train and support 150 volunteer Muslim Youth Leaders over three years.


Bradford Police Club for Young People

Engagement of young people through workshops and informal classroom settings to examine the relationship between peace, violence, conflict and war with a particular emphasis on questions of applied ethics involving school teachers and youth community workers as trained Educators.


Muslim Youthwork Foundation

Scholarship programme for 10 individuals to undertake a National Youth Association accredited training course to qualify as Muslim youth and community workers.


UK Race and Europe Network

Pilot of a citizenship toolkit resource to support the work of young leaders, youth workers, teachers, Imams and parents which has been developed using CLG funding in 2007/08.


OneVoice Europe

Engagement of young Muslim and Jewish students in a youth leadership development training course to build and promote a consensus for a peaceful resolution to conflicts in the Middle East.


Changemakers Foundation

Continuation of 2007-08 CLG funded project to deliver a youth leadership programme to develop young leaders to become ‘Changemakers’ and develop and deliver projects in their own communities.



Youth Citizen Capacity Building Project to network young people in higher education to educate and support Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils in mosque schools.


Bold Creative

Roll out of the Tagmap TV project across 3 regions. Tagmap TV is an internet based resource tool that encourages debate and discussion amongst young people about issues relating to faith, citizenship and identity. The project will also train 100 young people to become ‘Tagmap Champions’.


Business in the Community

Mosaic Muslim Mentoring Scheme—This programme aims to promote positive messages about being a British Muslim and support young people to raise their aspirations and enhance their sense of belonging in UK society. The scheme will provide role models who will mentor groups of young people.


Citizenship Foundation

The project will address issues around the alienation of Muslim youth by engaging them in Youth Engagement Groups. The groups will encourage processes of critical, democratic enquiry in order to address their grievances and help them to engage with the challenges of violent extremism.


Ethnic Minority Benevolent Association

ASPIRE Project—Using group/family sessions, educational and capacity building workshops, this project aims to develop the knowledge, skills and increase the capacity of young Muslim people so that they may understand violent extremism and prevent it from happening in their locality and the wider community.


The Prince’s Trust

The project will provide leadership opportunities for Muslim young people, equipping them with skills to enable them to become positive role models within their communities, and thus promoting positive alternatives to extremist ideas and influences. The Prince’s Trust Community Cash Awards scheme will provide opportunities for groups of 14-25 year olds to design and deliver their own community projects.


Supporting women

Faith Matters

UK tour of Muslim women role models from the US. Women will be drawn from careers such as TV presenters, researchers, civil servants, business entrepreneurs, civil society organisational heads.


Faith Matters

The purpose of this project is to compile a directory of the 100 leading mosques that provide the best access to women. Each mosque will be awarded a rating out of five stars based on criteria developed through women’s focus groups. The ultimate aim is to incentivise mosques to improve their engagement with and inclusion of women in all aspects of their work through greater access to recognition and resources from the public sector.


Henna Foundation

The ‘Joining Hands Against Forced Marriage’ project aims to support Muslim women at risk of being forced into marriage and to educate them that Islam actually forbids forced marriage. Henna will adapt the ‘Joining Hands against Forced Marriage’ Campaign to the British context. They will also organise awareness raising events to create a safe space for debate between young women, parents and other community members about forced marriage. The project also aims to train Muslim women in local communities in public speaking to empower them to use the toolkit on forced marriage.


Somali Family Support Group

The Tawjeeh Project will help build a network of Somali women and to develop their understanding of and their participation in wider UK society and how their faith relates to being part of wider society. The project will also provide participants with the interpersonal skills to challenge radical views within their family and the wider community and to support their children to turn away from violent extremism.


Three Faiths Forum

Young Muslim women (ages 13-18) from traditional Islamic girls’ schools will use exploration of clothing and fashion to construct their own sense of Britishness and belonging, whilst remaining proud and strong in their faith. They will also develop ways to help their peers become resilient to distorted, limiting views on the expected role and behaviour-codes of women, by exposing them to Islamic Scholarship.


Local Government Yorkshire and Humber

The development of a regional Muslim women’s network to increase and enhance the representation of Muslim women amongst decision making bodies in the region, through leadership training and mentoring. It is intended that this project model will be replicated in other regions.


Supporting faith leaders

Luqman Institute

Extension of the pilot Imam training programme funded in 2007-08 to develop training materials and deliver courses to 20 senior imams over an 8 month period.



‘Futures thinking’ workshops for Muslim young people and Imams to explore the 'future' of their interaction in the mosque. The workshops will be delivered in partnership with MINAB.


Urban Nexus

Beacon Mosques project—Building the capacity of mosques in order to create ‘beacon mosques’, through the provision of training, building skills of imams, trainee imams, chairs and secretaries of the organisations to build their knowledge and capacity to build resilience to extremist ideologies.


League of British Muslims

Using regional Communication Development Programmes to build the capacity of Muslim faith and community leaders to relate to young people more effectively and to focus on issues that are relevant to them as young British Muslims.


Local forums against extremism and Islamophobia

Northampton Race Equality Council

The project will establish a local forum across Northamptonshire with representation from the diversity of Muslim groups across the county.


Wokingham Borough Council

The project’s main aim will be to promote a wider understanding of mainstream Muslim theology, understanding and respect. Wokingham Borough Council will establish a Women Against Violent Extremism Forum. The forum will be made up of women from all communities and faiths, to include Muslim women in particular. The purpose of the group will be to promote a safe environment for debate around the issues of violent extremism, Islamophobia, identity and community cohesion.