Building a Stronger Britain Together

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UK Community Foundations is partnering with advertising agency M&C Saatchi to deliver over £800,000 in grants as the first part of a major Home Office initiative to counter extremism. Local charity Devon Community Foundation is lead partner for the South West.

In Britain, each one of us is free to live the life we choose thanks to shared values that underpin our society: values that include democracy, free speech, mutual respect and opportunity for all. Such freedoms rely on a shared responsibility to respect the rights of others to live as they choose. But in recent times we have seen extremists operating at unprecedented pace and scale, seeking to divide communities and cause great harm.

The ‘Building a Stronger Britain Together’ programme will support civil society and community organisations who work to create more resilient communities, stand up to extremism in all forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative.

Fabian French, Chief Executive of UK Community Foundations said ‘UKCF is very pleased to be working with the Home Office on this important initiative. Community Foundations up and down the country work right at the heart of local communities. They have an unrivalled understanding of local needs and challenges and are best placed to deliver grants to local organisations’.

This programme is a partnership between Government and groups and organisations who want to see extremism defeated. Organisations can bid for grant funding and in-kind support for specific projects that deliver this goal.

Applications are now open for groups to apply for support. Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/building-a-stronger-britain-together for more details.

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Notes to Editors
Any media enquiries should be directed to:
Kiran Ramchandani, UKCF, kramchandani@ukcommunityfoundations.org, 020 7841 4375 / 07957 549 741
Giles Bancroft, M&C Saatchi PR, g.bancroft@mcsaatchi.com, 07876503182

Devon Community Foundation is Devon’s local charity for local people, supporting hundreds of voluntary and community groups on the frontline helping local people in need and building thriving communities for everyone. As the leading route for philanthropic giving in Devon, DCF has distributed £10,443,302 in grants to 3,522 projects across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. As one of 48 Community Foundations in the UK, Devon Community Foundation is a catalyst for change, funding projects which are making a big difference to the lives of vulnerable local people. The Foundation provides a flexible and personal way for individuals and organisations to invest in local projects, helping to ensure Devon’s communities thrive. For more information visit www.devoncf.com.

For media enquiries, interviews or any further information please contact Laura Hewitt, Marketing Manager, Devon Community Foundation. W: www.devoncf.com T: 01884 235887 E: laura@devoncf.com