Community groups across the UK now have the chance to bid for a share of a £2.6 million fund to support programmes that will help newly arrived families make the best start to rebuilding their lives. This money can be used to support people through buddying schemes, help families to access services like registering for GPs or opening bank accounts, or find employment.
The VCSE grant schemes will provide community support in every region across England and nationally for Hong Kong BN(O) status holders.
The government is also making £100,000 available for an organisation to develop educational resources for schools and colleges in the UK to teach young people about the nation’s historic connection and commitment to Hong Kong.
An additional £300,000 will be available for hate crime reporting services in England, including a helpline and website for BN(O) status holders and all others of East and Southeast Asian (ESA) descent to report hate crime incidents. This will help the government monitor and tackle hate crimes against these communities.
In April, the government announced a Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) Integration Programme, backed by over £43 million, to help status holders access housing, work and educational support.
In addition to the VCSE grant schemes, councils in England will benefit from £30.7 million to provide targeted support for new arrivals, offering help with the English language and to those whose circumstances change and are at risk of destitution. The government has issued new guidance for local authorities in England today to deliver this work.
Deadline: 1 September 2021. Click here to apply for a grant.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is running two events on 10 and 11 August to talk about the grant schemes in more detail. Click here to register to attend.