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Mayor announces new funding boost to empower communities to tackle hate, intolerance, and extremism

  • March 19, 2024
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Mayor announces new funding boost to empower communities to tackle hate, intolerance, and extremism

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced a new £875,000 investment to support community projects tackling extremism, hate, intolerance, and radicalisation throughout London.

This marks the fifth year of the mayor’s grassroots Shared Endeavour Fund that works to empower Londoners of all ages to challenge racist and hateful views in their communities, better protect those vulnerable to radicalisation, and stop the spread of hateful ideologies. Over 140,000 Londoners have benefitted from the scheme since 2020.

The latest funding comes as fresh statistics show a 147 per cent rise of “anti-Jewish hate” across the UK in 2023 compared to the previous year and over 2,000 anti-Muslim cases since October 2023 – the largest recorded number of cases in four months, since 2011.

It will support 25 projects across London to run workshops and educational activities to empower around 50,000 Londoners to stand up to hate. Applications for the new £875,000 fund are now open and projects have until midnight on the 5th of May 2024 to apply for funding of up to £100,000. 

The fund will also tackle radicalisation and violent extremism in the capital, as Met Police counter terror experts warn of an unprecedented rise in the threat from terrorism following the impact of the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Since October, 33 arrests have been made for terrorism offences and of those recently arrested, 20 percent have been children under the age of 18.

Whilst the Mayor is taking a proactive approach to safeguard vulnerable Londoners from radicalisation, the Government are implementing proposals to cut the budgets for the Home Office’s Prevent counter-extremism programme in London by half.

This latest investment is part of the Mayor’s record £14.8million investment in tackling hate, which also includes funding the Community Alliance To Combat Hate (CATCH) partnership, which provides support for victims of all forms of hate crime – from racism to religious discrimination and anti-LGBTQ+ abuse.

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