The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has revealed what grants it gives to Jewish, Christian, Muslim and inter-faith projects.
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust was the Department’s second biggest recipient, receiving £1.14 million last year. Only the Church Urban Fund received more.
Funding to B’nai Brith stopped, after the Department gave the international organisation £81,000 over the previous two years for its Bridges not Boycotts campaign, which helped pay for a conference in the European Parliament.
Likewise there was no more money last year for the Joseph Interfaith Foundation, a joint Muslim-Jewish interfaith organisation, but £30,000 for Nisa Nashim, the Jewish Muslim women’s network, co-founded in 2015 by Laura Marks, the former senior vice-president of the Board of Deputies who also co-founded Mitzvah Day.
There was also £62,000 for the Tough Options programme of the Forum for Discussion of Israel and Palestine (FODIP). This teaches 14-19 year olds how to look at how difficult issues, specifically the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and its impact on communities in the UK.
In 2019 FODIP held workshops in Birmingham, Nottingham and Manchester, with the aim of providing young people with “skills and information for talking about Israel/Palestine across religious boundaries, emphasising the shared concern that Jews, Christians and Muslims have for the Holy Land and those who live there”.
In addition, Islamophobia monitoring charity Tell MAMA received £892,000, taking its funding over the past four years to £2.4 million. The charity was set up by Fiyaz Mughal with help from the Community Security Trust (CST), which monitors antisemitism in the UK and protects the country’s Jewish communal buildings.
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