COMMUNITY organisations in Tameside can apply for grants of up to £500 to help raise awareness of hate crime.
They are being launched by Action Together and Tameside Council’s Community Safety Team to mark national Hate Crime Awareness Week this week (October 16 to 20).
People will also see stands, run in conjunction with Greater Manchester Police, LGBTQ+ and Greater Manchester Travel Safe, across the borough to help encourage people to report hate crimes.
These will be in Ashton town centre, Tameside College, Tameside Hospital and Hyde bus station throughout the week.
A hate crime typically involves violence motivated by prejudice, based on religion, race, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability – but it is believed to be underreported. More details of how it can be reported can be found on the GMP website here.
The Community Safety team are looking for organisations that are planning to host activities and events during or around Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week 2024, which runs from February 5 to 11.
Community organisations will be able to apply for up to £500 to help tackle hatred and discrimination, by raising awareness of hate crime, how to report it, and by delivering activities and workshops within their communities.
This can include educational and creative activities aimed at bringing the community together, celebrating diversity and encourage people to stand up against hate.
Councillor Vimal Choksi, Tameside Council Executive Member for Towns and Communities, said: “We want residents to feel safe in our communities and to be able to recognise hate crimes and feel confident in reporting them.
“The Greater Manchester Hate Crime Grant is an excellent opportunity for community organisations to get involved and help us reach more people who need support while also celebrating diversity in our borough.”