Manchester residents are being given up to £200 in cash to hold events standing up to hate crime, including homophobia.
The council is helping residents in the northern English city raise awareness of the problem and understand what they can do to report any incidents.
The drive is part of a hate crime awareness week being held in the New Year and groups wanting to organise their own events celebrating diversity are now being invited to apply for grants of up to £200.
These events can be anything from informal coffee mornings enabling residents to discuss hate crime and what they can do about it, to opportunities to make short films or posters raising awareness.
The hate crime week will be held from 21 January to 27 January 2013, and will also be used to launch the city authorities’ new hate crime strategy. outlining how they will work with Greater Manchester Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and other agencies to crack down on the problem.
This follows a consultation event held at Manchester Town Hall in June 2012, in which a wide range of organisations, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups and religious institutions, were invited to talk about their experiences.
Any groups who want to organise an event need to fill in and submit a form before 12 December, which is available online.
Anyone who wants information about the grant should contact [email protected] or phone 0161 274 6422.