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Charity hails 'fantastic' funding chance

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A new chance to bid for a share of £300,000 of grant funding is a “fantastic opportunity”, according to a Nottinghamshire charity which runs a project to prevent prejudice.

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum, in Laxton near Newark, runs a project called Breaking the Cycle, which gives young people an interactive learning experience about life for Jewish people in Nazi Germany in the 1930s to address the myths and stereotypes that can lead to prejudice.

It also helps the people referred to the programme – either by the courts, police, Youth Offending Teams or schools – to consider the effect of their behaviour on others, as well as themselves.

Breaking the Cycle has previously received funding through the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and Karen Becher, Senior Educator at the National Holocaust Centre and Museum, said the Museum would be looking into applying again through the Make Notts Safe thematic grants scheme, which opened on Thursday 28 July.

This scheme allows organisations to bid for funding in three thematic areas – hate crime, rural crime and community crime – with £100,000 available in each of the three categories.

Karen said: “I have seen individuals who have been on the Breaking the Cycle scheme who have stopped their obsession of just taking at face value what they see in messages sent to them on social media and resending it without questioning it. It can make them turn away from right wing extreme views and begun to question them. Teachers have told us it has changed the behaviour of young people they had previously had issues with.

“It has had an impact – we know from feedback. It has helped them learn about other groups that they didn’t know about, particularly in cases where they get the chance to meet a Holocaust survivor.”

Karen added that funding opportunities were really important to the continuity of projects, especially when they can be granted over a number of years.

“It gives that feeling of assurance to know that we can plan and look forward to the programme continuing,” she said. 

“Knowing you’ve got the support of the local Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is amazing. It means the world to us. We feel honoured to have that support.”

Director of the National Holocaust Centre and Museum Marc Cave added: “It is a fantastic opportunity for us to apply the warnings of History in a very real and effective way in our locality.  Teaching about the Holocaust is about improving social cohesion and the citizenship skills of young people today.”

The Make Notts Safe thematic grants, from Nottinghamshire’s Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, are open to all third-sector organisations and charities that are registered on Companies House or the Charity Commission.

Organisations can bid for multi-year funding over one, two or three years, with all funding being spent by March 2025 at the latest.

It is also possible for organisations to bid for funding in more than one of the three £100,000 funding pots.

The final deadline for applications is on 15 September 2022.

Nicola Wade, Head of Commissioning and Partnerships for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, encouraged organisations to find out more and apply for funding.

“This is a great opportunity for third-sector organisations and charities to receive some much-needed funding, which can run over a number of years and give greater stability and continuity for the great work they do in the community,” she said.

“The Make Notts Safe thematic grants are designed to support the delivery of the priorities in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Make Notts Safe Plan, which include reducing hate, rural and community crime.

“Anyone who runs projects that deliver this kind of work could be eligible for funding, so I would urge them to find out more and apply now.”

Further information about the new Make Notts Safe thematic grants will be available at virtual briefing events being held in August 2022. The briefing events will provide attendees with the following:

  • An overview of the new Make Notts Safe Grants and themes
  • An overview of the application process 
  • An opportunity to ask any questions 

Briefing events will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams on the following dates: 

  • Tuesday 9 August 10am-11.30am
  • Wednesday 10 August 12-1.30pm

If you would like to attend one of these briefing events please email stating which date you would like to attend so we can email you the appropriate TEAMS link to enable you to join the event.

To find out more, or for an application form, visit Make Notts Safe Fund 2022-25 (


Posted on Monday 8th August 2022
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