immigration minister Lord Rooker announced today. The home office has
doubled the money available this year to£1m.
projects that address specific social needs among refugee communities
around the country. In the first year of the Challenge Fund,£500,000
was awarded to a total of 20 projects around the UK, providing a
diverse range of support such as English language provision,
healthcare, help to access employment and accommodation advice.
Lord Rooker said:
'Improving the integration into the community of genuine refugees is
an important part of the government's plans to reform the asylum
system and this year we have doubled the funding available to support
such projects around the country.
'Refugees can make a valuable contribution to the social, cultural
and economic life of the country with the right help and support.
This money will help to ensure the building of such support networks
at local level across the country.'
Expressions of interest are invited by 28 February 2002; a shortlist
of organisations may be asked to provide more detailed information at
a later date.
1. Only projects which specifically support those granted full
refugee status or exceptional leave to remain are eligible for
2. More details can be obtained from the websiteor 020 8760 8410. Expressions of
interest should be sent to Challenge Fund Applications, Refugee
Integration Section, AAPD, 4th Floor, Apollo House, 36 Wellesley
Road, Croydon, CR9 3RR.
3. The Challenge Fund is part of the home office Refugee
Integration Strategy, launched on 2 November 2000.