Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT)

The Home Office established the four-year Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) programme in September 2016 to help deliver a key strand of the Government’s Counter-Extremism Strategy published in 2015. The programme aims to promote and strengthen positive mainstream voices across Britain.

The Building a Stronger Britain Together Programme is available in England and Wales only. It offers both grant funding and in-kind support to civil society and community organisations that are working to create more resilient communities, to stand up to extremism in all its forms and to offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, age, and gender.

A fixed amount of funding is available, and applications will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis.

The Fund offers the following:

  • Grants of between either £1,000 and £14,999 or £15,000 and £50,000.
  • In-kind support up to a value of £75,000. This might include social media training, help setting up a website or advice on media activity.

Any registered UK charity, charitable incorporated organisation, company limited by guarantee, not for profit registered community interest company, or constituted community and voluntary sector organisation can apply.

Groups applying for grants of up to £14,999 must have an income of less than £200,000. For applications for grants between £15,000 and £50,000, priority will be given to groups with an income of less than £250,000. However, groups with a larger income will not be excluded from applying.

Proposals must be aligned with one or more of the BSBT programme outcomes which are:

  • Fewer people holding attitudes, beliefs and feelings that oppose shared values.
  • An increased sense of belonging and civic participation at the local level.
  • More resilient communities.

The Government is also particularly keen to receive applications that demonstrate:

  • Effective practice, with evidence that the methodology being used will be successful.
  • The ability to work in partnership.
  • Co-funding from other sources.
  • Grant investment to leverage match funding.
  • Long-term sustainability.

There will be a new call for bids for each new financial year to make sure the funding has impact across all four years, and to make sure that support is always given to groups doing the most relevant and innovative work.

The call for in-kind support will remain open all year with a regular draw down of applications for assessment and award.

The deadline for applications for grant funding is 6 February 2017 (5pm).

Full details, including guidance notes and online application forms, can be found on the GOV.UK website