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Foundation 92 is delighted to be announced as one of the Club Community Organisations that will be awarded funding as part of the EFL Trust’s ‘Communities United’ Faith, Race and Hate Crime Grant.

The scheme supports organisations that tackle discrimination and champion social cohesion and will also be delivered by five other EFL Trust Club Community Organisations in the North West: Oldham, Rochdale, Preston, Blackburn and Bolton.

The Faith, Race and Hate Crime Grants scheme invited established community groups and civil society organisations across England to apply for funding for projects that champion the government’s commitment to building a diverse and tolerant society for all faiths and races.

A grant of £287,000 will be given to the EFL Trust’s ‘Communities United’ project. The project will bring families from different backgrounds together, increasing understanding and awareness of social and cultural differences, challenging stereotypes and uniting them through common interests and social action.

The grants will address existing community issues, as well as pressures increased by the pandemic, such as isolation.

Foundation 92 is proud to be launching a range of innovative, ground breaking initiatives which enables Salford to continue to develop into a strong, cohesive and progressive City. Foundation 92’s project will specifically reach out to and will work with the prominent Jewish community, bringing Salford together in a holistic and bespoke way.

Faith Minister Lord Greenhalgh said:

“In this country we believe in freedom within the rule of law. We are all free to love and not to hate. This government will not tolerate hate towards anyone because of who they are.

“We stand full square in support of all communities that suffer from prejudice and discrimination and we must build a shared future in this country.

“The pandemic has hit faith communities hard with the closure of communal worship during the two lockdowns. This funding is part of our comprehensive support for them. Our faith communities instinctively love their neighbours.”

Head of Community and Participation at the EFL Trust, Loo Brackpool said:

“It is of great importance for the EFL Trust and our Club Community Organisations to be part of this vital project and use the power of the club badge to unite people by demonstrating common interests, increasing understanding and bridging differences.

“We will be working with family groups to help facilitate understanding across generations, as well between those from different backgrounds, cultures and faith groups. Despite the current COVID restrictions, we will find ways to deliver this project and use the learning to inform other areas of our existing community activities nationwide.”

Head of Foundation 92, Tom Hutton said:

“Foundation 92 is committed to empowering the community of Salford to lead healthy, positive and cohesive lifestyles. Through the support of the EFL Trust, Foundation 92 will be able to support isolated members of our local community to feel more empowered, engaged and enabled to achieve their potential.

“Salford is a diverse, warm and welcoming city. Foundation 92 is proud of its connections with the local Jewish Community, and believes this ground breaking, innovative programme will enable Foundation 92’s specialist inclusion team, to build strong and inclusive ties across the City of Salford.”