Detailed guide: Vulnerable Faith Institutions Scheme

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About the scheme

The scheme will provide security measures to places of worship and associated community centres that are vulnerable to attack on racial, religious or ideological grounds.

You can bid for funding from 30 June 2017.

Eligibility

We will consider bids from places of worship in England and Wales. Below are some examples of places of worship eligible to apply for the funding (please note this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Mosques
  • Gurdwaras
  • Temples
  • Churches
  • associated faith community centres (for example a community centre run by a place of worship or near a place of worship that is faith based)

Faith schools, educational institutions, general community centres, NHS establishments (including chapels and prayer rooms) are not eligible to apply.

The Jewish community will be exempt from this scheme as a similar commitment was made to fund Jewish community sites through a grant administered by the Community Security Trust.

How to bid

  1. Provide evidence that your place of worship or associated community centre is vulnerable to and/or has been victim of an attack on racial, religious or ideological grounds. This could include your institution being in an area where there has been a high incidence of racist and religious motivated crimes. This could be demonstrated for example through a supporting e-mail from your local police to suggest that your faith institution is vulnerable and briefly outlining the reasons for this, although this isn’t a requirement and other reasonable evidence will be accepted.

  2. Arrange a site assessment with your local Crime Prevention Design Advisers (CPDAs) and get them to complete and sign an assessment form (MS Word Document, 32KB) .

  3. Provide 3 original quotes for each security measure from approved security installers.

  4. Complete the online application form.

Security equipment

You can only bid for security equipment and not for the cost of recruiting security personnel. Below are some examples of security equipment you can bid for, but this is not an exhaustive list:

  • CCTV
  • perimeter fencing
  • access control gates
  • window locks
  • intruder alarm
  • external lighting
  • security doors
  • bollards
  • barriers

Funding would also include the appropriate labour cost to install the security equipment.

However, there is no financial contribution towards:

  • any annual service charge
  • maintenance charges
  • one-off fees such as connection or monitoring charges

Site assessment

You need to have evidence that your place of worship is vulnerable to an attack before you arrange a site assessment and discuss your security requirements with your local Crime Prevention Design Adviser (CPDA) or your local Counter Terrorism Security Adviser (CTSA), if you are already engaged with them, who can provide advice and assist with an assessment of the security of your building.

All CPDAs are qualified to the national standards and most have completed a City and Guilds advanced certificate in Crime Prevention and Environmental Design.

Find your local Crime Prevention Design Adviser.

Approved security installation companies

You must choose a company from a certification body. This provides assurance that they are a reputable and trusted contractor and that they have been independently verified as meeting industry standards.

NSI provides certification services and reassurance that their chosen contractors will work to the highest industry standards.

Planning restrictions

Successful applicants should note that they will need to seek the appropriate permissions for the work to be carried out (planning permission, listed building consent, faculty permission, as applicable). The award of the grant does not constitute permission to carry out the works.

Independent advisory panel

If you provide evidence that your place of worship is vulnerable to and/or has been victim of an attack on racial, religious or ideological grounds, your application will be passed to the independent advisory panel who will consider:

  • your supporting documents
  • your bid application form
  • the CPDA/CTSA and Home Office assessment

The advisory panel is made up of representatives from the Sikh, Hindu, Muslim and Christian communities who have experience of security issues in relation to their faith buildings. The panel will also include a police representative and other security experts with experience of securing buildings.

Funding requirements

Successful applicants will need to contribute 20 percent of the total costs.

Approved bids

We will issue a funding agreement to places of worship. You will need to have sufficient funds to pay for the full cost of the security equipment to be installed, using one of the approved installation companies that satisfy the Home Office requirements. Work must be completed by 31 March 2018. The Home Office Security Adviser will undertake audit spot checks on a number of completed projects to ensure that installation is in line with the description in the application and to their satisfaction. We will endeavour to reimburse places of worship (80 percent) within 30 days of receipt of invoice.

Bid opens 30 June 2017
Bid closes 17 August 2017

Review period

If you have any question or need clarification:

VFI@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

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