asked Her Majesty’s Government:
Whether they will enable voluntary organisations to make direct applications to their £6 million fund for combating violent extremism; or whether local authorities will be required to examine all applications on their merits, disregarding any party-political consideration. [HL4962]
The £6 million preventing violent extremism pathfinder fund has been allocated to approximately 70 local authorities to work with partners, such as local Muslim community groups and the police, to tackle violent extremism in their areas. Funding has been distributed to local authorities in support of local area agreements and must be spent according to the terms and conditions of the authorities’ grant determination letter. Local authorities were required to consider proposals against the funding criteria set out in the guidance note issued in February 2007 (which is available in the House Library).
The Department for Communities and Local Government launched a £650,000 community leadership fund on 26 June 2007, to which voluntary organisations can make direct applications. This is a national grants programme aimed at building the capacity of Muslim communities to reject violent extremism. Guidance on how to apply for this funding can be found on the department’s website.