4th round Places of Worship security scheme opens next month 
The Home Office has announced a new round of funding through The Places of Worship Protective Security Scheme.
By Annette McGill
a church

This church in Maiden Newton, Dorset, dates from 1150 but has seen many changes since then. (Photo: Brian Toward, public domain, via Flickr)

The Home Office has announced a new round of funding through The Places of Worship Protective Security Scheme. Applicants will be able to apply for funding for additional protection and security measures for their places of worship. 

£1.6 million will be available. Applications can be submitted from July 2019. For this round applicants be offered a central provider for assessments, quotes and installation. The government says this will save small and volunteer-run institutions significant amounts on administration costs.

The government says it recognises that Muslim communities remain anxious following the  Mosque attacks in New Zealand, and it is working with consultants to provide security training and advice to people responsible for Muslim places of worship.

Earlier this month, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office Victoria Atkins reported on the funding provided by the scheme to date. She said: Over its first three years, the Places of Worship protective security scheme has approved grants worth approximately £1.5m to 134 places of worship. During that time, Ministers have approved 49 grants to mosques worth £638,906.34.

“Following the Finsbury Park terror attack in June 2017, we also announced a £1m fund to protect vulnerable faith institutions. Under this scheme, we approved funding to 38 faith institutions including 19 mosques and one Muslim community centre. These grants were worth over £260,000.”

This short-term funding comes alongside the £5 million grant announced by the Home Secretary in March to provide security training for places of worship for all faiths.

More information about the Places of Worship Protective Security Scheme is available on the gov.uk website.