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FUNDING BIDS INVITED FROM REFUGEE INTEGRATION PROJECTS

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Bids for funding are now invited from refugee integration projects, ...
Bids for funding are now invited from refugee integration projects,

immigration minister Lord Rooker announced today. The home office has

doubled the money available this year to£1m.

The Challenge Fund, now in its second year, provides financing for

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.

Notes

1. Only projects which specifically support those granted full

refugee status or exceptional leave to remain are eligible for

funding.

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.

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