About the programme
The counter-extremism strategy encourages partnership between the government and people involved in projects that counter extremism and build stronger communities.
The Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) programme supports civil society and community organisations who work to create more resilient communities, stand up to extremism in all its forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, age and gender. The programme allows organisations that share these aims to bid for in-kind support and grant funding for specific programmes that deliver goals set out in the Counter Extremism Strategy.
We have supported 244 groups across England and Wales who are working to challenge extremism within their community. Details of the groups we have supported and the region(s) they are operating are detailed in the list of. This list does not include groups whose funding has ended.
To help groups expand their reach and influence, the Building a Stronger Britain Together programme offers 2 forms of support through a competitive bidding process:
- in-kind support: such as social media training, technical assistance to help a group improve their website, or capacity building work to help a group protect more vulnerable individuals
- grants: targeted funding for specific projects with demonstrable outcomes which provide a positive alternative to extremist voices
Applications for grant funding are no longer open.
Building a Stronger Britain Together progress report 2019
On 11 October 2019, the Home Office published the first Building a Stronger Britain Together progress report. This report outlines what BSBT has delivered to date, as well as presenting interim findings from an independent evaluation of its effectiveness against each of the five BSBT workstreams:
- grant funding to civil society organisations tackling extremism at the local level
- in-kind communications support (IKS) to build the long-term capacity and amplify the voices of key organisations working to challenge extremism
- network events and training courses to develop organisations understanding of extremism, improve their ability to tackle it and to share best practice
- counter extremism community coordinators embedded in selected local authorities to develop local understanding of extremism and counter extremism at the local level
- local and national communications campaigns to address a range of extremism challenges
In-kind support guidance for applicants
Please read theor the . The guidance contains information on:
- the BSBT programme objectives
- who can bid for support
- what in-kind support covers
- how to complete your application form
To allow for all BSBT work to be completed by December 2019, the application window for in-kind support has now closed.
Should you have any queries about existing in-kind support applications, please email BSBT@homeoffice.gov.uk, or speak to your local Community Coordinator.
You can read theor the on how we will process your personal data.
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