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Transforming intolerance: Apply for a grant to address intolerance, prejudice and marginalisation

We have £60k of resources we wish to deploy towards projects addressing diverse forms of intolerance in our society. We are seeking specifically Jewish-Christian collaborations to deliver this project, focused on wider and more diverse forms of intolerance and hate. Read on below.

Justine leads on vision, strategy and communications.  Her raison d’etre is bringing people together and co-creating innovative projects rooted in worldview of interdependence.  She is committed to advancing the next generation of leaders and building resilience for our increasingly dystopian times.

In a nutshell

  • We have £60k of resources we wish to deploy towards projects addressing diverse forms of intolerance in our society.  
  • Project proposals are sought from Jewish-Christian partnerships only.  

NB:  The projects should address diverse forms of intolerance, across different faiths, races, cultures and issues.  The fund utilised however is one designated for Christian-Jewish understanding. Therefore we are seeking projects addressing a wide range of intolerance, but designed and delivered by this specific faith combination.  Christian-Jewish understanding will be an additional output as a result of working closely together on one of the most critical issues of our day.   

  • There will be an event at St Ethelburga’s Centre on Wednesday 4th September 3pm to 5pm.  We will present the aims and aspirations for this funding stream and there will be an opportunity to network and explore collaborations and partnerships.  

The need

In recent years, the fractures in our world seem to be deepening at an alarming rate.  The far right attack in New Zealand earlier this year, the Islamist attacks in Sri Lanka and the antisemitic shooting in California came in rapid succession and shocked the world.  The Brazilian elections last year and the rise of populism in Europe show a worrying trend towards intolerance.  The UK is in danger of communities polarising ever more deeply.

Alongside this, migrants and BME peoples in Britain are facing increasingly overt racism in the wake of the Brexit referendum.  Surveys suggest racists are feeling increasingly confident in deploying overt abuse, with 76% of BME peoples having experienced being targeted by a stranger, rising from 64% in 2016.  Racially motivated hate crime has been increasing steadily every year since 2013.  

Interconnected with these trends, economic injustice continues to escalate, with the gap between rich and poor widening. In the UK in 2018, the richest fifth of the population saw incomes rise by 4.7%.  In contrast, the poorest fifth saw benefits squeezed and incomes shrink by 1.6%. Climate breakdown is exacerbating these trends, with extreme weather, food shortages and increasing displacement likely to generate intense new pressure on resources.  These will impact, and are impacting, poorer and more marginalised people disproportionately, leading to further scapegoating and intolerance. The sense of overwhelming uncertainty about humanity’s future is destabilising our collective psyche and the values of respect, compassion, dignity and empathy are in danger of being eroded rapidly. 

We see an urgent need to:

  • explore the origins and antecedents of contemporary expressions of intolerance
  • understand the life experiences that lie behind different positions 
  • build a greater sense of empathy for people of differing backgrounds
  • grow understanding of the dynamics of scapegoating and othering 
  • build community across differences
  • stand in solidarity with all races, faiths, classes and cultures
  • enable people across all sectors of society to become allies for those on the receiving end of prejudice or marginalisation
  • build community cohesion as resilience for social collapse and climate breakdown.  

Jewish-Christian collaborations

The fund we are using to enable this work is entrusted to us by the London Diocesan Council for Christian Jewish Understanding, which was originally set up to fund Christian-Jewish relations.  

We want to address what we see as a critical need of our times – preventing a societal slide into greater intolerance in all its many forms.  

We seek proposals that include both a Jewish and Christian partner.  These can be from organisations that exists for the sole purpose of Christian-Jewish dialogue, or new collaborations between NGOs or communities located within the Jewish and Christian faiths. 

We are also open to applications from start-ups and from individual cross faith collaborations, if they seek the backing of more established organisations.  

An important aspect of the project will be to build in reflective learning about this dimension of the project delivery.   However, the focus of the project should not be Christian-Jewish understanding but rather the wider issues of intolerance.  

The grant 

We have up to £60,000 to deploy in total.  This could constitute a grant of £30,000 per year, for a maximum of 2 years.  Or could be divided between two or more smaller projects. 

Project focus

The project should address some or all of the following themes:  

  • Racism
  • Power and privilege
  • Hate crime
  • Populism and its impact on tolerance
  • Identity and belonging 
  • Migrants and refugee experiences
  • The historical impact of colonisation on present day experience
  • Anti-Semitism/islamophobia/anti-faith sentiment 
  • Extreme views 
  • Tolerating the intolerant – exploring how those who consider themselves tolerant label or scapegoat those they see as intolerant.

Methodology and approach 

We will favour proposals which include some, or all, of the following dimensions:

  1. Use of personal story and testament (either live or using video and film) which enables greater understanding of the life experiences behind adopted positions and perspectives 
  2. Projects that build relationships and community across differences 
  3. Projects that include a clear call to action.  We want to see achievable avenues for participants to take what they learn and use it in practice.  This could be achieved via a number of routes such as  
    • adopting an action learning model
    • inviting specific changes in behaviour which can be captured and shared widely, or 
    • offering support for project participants to demonstrate leadership in their own contexts (e.g. by building community across differences in their own areas, by acting as allies for those experiencing hatred or prejudice, by adopting anti-racist practices in their their own workplaces or communities, or by video-making, blogging or posting stories that influence their networks towards greater tolerance etc.) 
  4. Perspectives or narratives about the likely impact of climate breakdown on tolerance and community cohesion. 
  5. Approaches that counter dualistic or polarised ways of seeing the world through making visible complexity.
  6. Are appealing to, and demonstrably inclusive of, 18 to 35 year olds (although they do not need to be solely focused on that age group).  
  7. Thought given to sustainability after the end of the grant
  8. Proposals including clear evidence of need.  

 Project impact 

The project should demonstrate some or all of the following impacts, including at least one element from each section. 

Understanding and awareness

  1. Greater understanding of the life experiences and needs that lead to the adopting of differing positions
  2. Greater empathy towards people of different backgrounds (including those holding  more extreme or less tolerant views)
  3. More awareness of how power and privilege influence our experience in UK society.

Community building and action 

  1. Demonstrable building of relationships or community across differences 
  2. Greater ability and willingness for the privileged to act as allies for the less privileged 
  3. Demonstrable ongoing leadership or action by project participants 

Positive media

  1. Positive stories of relationships or understanding built across differences (e.g. social media, blogs, video material) 
  2. Visibility of the project impacts online and ability to influence in the wider public sphere
  3. Wide dissemination of learning and impact.  

Jewish-Christian understanding 

  1. Greater understanding between the partner organisations faiths, practices and perspectives 
  2. Reflective learning practices focused on this dimension 
  3. Blogs, video or social media stories sharing this dimension of the impact.

Timeline 

Invitation to come and hear more: Presentation and networking opportunity  Wed 4th Sept 3pm to 5pm   
Deadline for expressions of interest: 15 Oct 2019 
Deadline for more detailed proposal:  19 Nov  2019
Final decision by:  6 Jan 2020
Project to start:    Spring 2020

Criteria / Guidelines 

  • The project and beneficiaries should be based in the UK
  • Partner orgs/individuals need to be active in their faith 
  • Open to registered charities, established community groups, or places of worship 
  • Collaborations between two individuals or start ups will also be considered if they each have the backing of an established Jewish or Christian organisation
  • The grant can be spent on salaries and project costs
  • Management and overheads can be included of up to 10% of the total project costs. 
  • The grant should not contain any purchase of equipment of over £400
  • We expect rigorous monitoring and evaluation practices to be built in.  

LDCCJU

The fund we are using to enable this work is entrusted to us by the London Diocesan Council for Christian Jewish Understanding, which was originally set up to fund Christian-Jewish relations.  The Trustees of the LDCCJU trust are identical with the Trustees of St Ethelburga’s Centre.

Who are we?  

St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace is a maker of peace-makers. We inspire and equip people from all backgrounds to become peace-builders in their own communities and lives. 

St Ethelburga’s

  • Works for the integration of refugees and asylum seekers by building relationships across differences and by training young people to become allies to displaced people
  • Supports Christian leaders to turn churches into hubs of reconciliation expertise for their local communities
  • Engages the young generation across all faiths and spiritualities teaching the principles of spiritual ecology and supporting ecological projects rooted in a sense of Earth as sacred
  • Trains community leaders in deep adaptation to climate breakdown, building resilience in individuals and local communities in preparation for social and ecological collapse 
  • Offers a spoken word arts space for young adults on themes of diversity, identity and belonging
  • Collaborates with Winchester University to offer an MA in reconciliation
  • Speaks out about the need for cooperation and living true to our deepest human values.

Our work emerges from the unique history of the space.  Four stories, in particular, express our core values and form the organising principle behind our work.  

How to apply 

Expression of interest form 

Full application form

Decisions about proposals will be made by a small committee made up of Trustees and the Centre CEO.  

 

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