Faith Communities (Grants)

Home Department written question – answered on 9th January 2006.

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Photo of Lynne Jones Lynne Jones Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what grants his Department has made in each of the last three years to organisations linked to faith communities; for what purposes; and what conditions are attached to funds.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office

Detailed information on all grants made to organisations linked to faith communities is not held centrally within the Home Office; to gather all of this would incur disproportionate costs. Details of recent grants made by the Communities Group in the Home Office are available.

In 2004–05 the former Faith Communities Unit awarded the following grants to organisations for a range of capacity building projects:

An-Nisa Society (£50,000)

Muslim Council of Britain (£148,160)

The Inter Faith Network (£32,525 and £115,000 strategy grant)

United Religions Initiative (£7,450)

School Development Support Agency (£17,500)

Karimia Institute (£21,750)

British Sikh Consultative Forum (£23,500)

Network of Sikh Organisations (£6,300)

Muslim Youth Helpline (£28,578)

Hindu Council UK (£35,400)

The Festival of Muslim Cultures (£46,000)

In this current year the Cohesion and Faiths Unit have made grants to the following organisations:

Women's National Commission (£83,700)

British Muslim Research Centre (£50,000)

Christian Muslim Forum (£131,000)

The Multi Faith Centre—University of Derby (£48,400)

Tower Hamlets Council of Mosques (£5,000)

All grants awarded by the Home Office are subject to standard conditions (which are the same as those applied to other grants awarded by public bodies) and are conditional on the organisation completing the project within an agreed timescale. The Home Office have also this year launched the Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund. The assessment process is currently under way and we expect that successful organisations will be awarded grants in February 2006.

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