Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) Welcome Programme Grant Scheme

Closing Date: 01/09/2021

Grants for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations to help BN(O) status holders and their eligible family members settle into their new communities in the UK.

There are four different strands:

  • Regional VCSE Grant Scheme (the focus of this report) (up to £1.4 million across the 9 regions in England), depending on interest, will provide 50 to 100 grants across nine English regions. It is anticipated that the majority of support will be provided by small community organisations.
    • It aims to provide community support to BN(O) status holders in regions across England in areas such as ‘buddying’ and befriending, help to access services, such as registering for GPs or opening bank accounts, and employment support. This is being delivered in partnership with the Strategic Migration Partnerships and applications should align with regional priorities.
  • National VCSE Grant Scheme (the focus of this report) (up to £886,000) will support two to three organisations/consortiums.
    • It aims to provide national support to BN(O) status holders in areas such as employment, mental health and wellbeing, to complement what is being delivered locally.
  • Educational Resources Grant Scheme (up to £100,000) for one organisation.
    • Part of the National VCSE fund, and in collaboration between MHCLG and the Department for Education, this funding will support the development of dedicated Hong Kong educational resources for schools so that they can teach young people about Britain’s historic connection and commitment to Hong Kong and its people, and celebrate the contribution of the Hong Kong-British diaspora to the UK.
  • Hate Crime Reporting Service (up to £300,000) for one organisation to deliver a hate crime reporting service, a hate crime helpline and website for BN(O) status holders and all other people of East and South-East Asian descent.

In addition to the VCSE grant schemes, councils in England will receive £30.7 million to provide targeted support for new arrivals, offering help with English language and to those whose circumstances change and are at risk of destitution. The Government issued new guidance at the end of July for local authorities in England to deliver this work.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will receive a total of £5.8 million to deliver similar activity.

Funding body Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG)
Maximum value Discretionary
Reference ID S46989
Category Health & Social Welfare
Community Development

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