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Places of Worship: protective security funding scheme

11th Jul 2019

Churches can apply for funding for security measures to protect against hate crime.

In the light of recent arson attacks on churches in east London, the Home Office has announced that the fourth round of the Places of Worship (POW) Protective Security Funding Scheme is now open for applications until 23:59 on the 31 August 2019. 

As part of the 2018 Hate Crime Action Plan refresh they have committed to a fourth year of funding for the Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme. Over the first three years of the scheme more than 130 places of worship have been awarded grants to install measures such as protective alarms, security lighting and access controls.

They have made improvements to this year’s scheme to make it easier for places of worship and associated faith community centres to apply.  This includes removing the need for applicants to find their own quotes for security measures; instead applicants will benefit from a central supplier for assessments, quotes and installation. In addition they have opened the scheme to include faith community centres, and broadened the eligibility criteria so that applicants no longer need to show they have already experienced hate crime.  Instead the test will be vulnerability to hate crime. 

The scheme is open to places of worship and associated faith community centres (this is a community centre run by a place of worship or near a place of worship that is faith based, and where regular worship takes place) across England and Wales. 


How to Apply

Further details of the funding scheme and how to apply are provided via the link below.


More information

Today’s announcement from the Home Office can be found at

If you have any questions regarding the Places of Worship Scheme please contact Esotec Limited in the first instance at

Or alternatively contact NaCTSO at