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Fund title: Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) Welcome Programme

Focus of fund/fund aims:

Funding to support Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) to settle in the UK

Application deadline:

1 September 2021 (for voluntary sector applications) Local authorities can claim funding on a quarterly basis

Fund description:

A new immigration route opened on 31 January 2021, providing British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) status holders from Hong Kong and their dependants with the opportunity to come to the UK to live, study and work, on a pathway to citizenship.  The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is leading delivery of a £43.1 million ‘Welcome Programme’ to support BN(O) status holders and their families to help them to successfully settle in their new communities.

The Welcome Programme includes funding for a range of approaches to support BN(O) status holders, working with local partners including local authorities and the voluntary sector.

Funding is now available for:

Local authorities – to support those on the BN(O) route who need help with English language or are destitute or at risk of destitution.

Voluntary/community organisations working at local or regional level – for projects providing employment support, supporting wellbeing through ‘befriending’ schemes and to help access services such as registering for a GP, opening a bank account and registering for a National Insurance number.

Voluntary/Community organisations working nationally – to support BN(O) status holders in areas such as employment and mental health and wellbeing to help build community cohesion and bring sustainable benefits to BN(O) status holders and the communities where they settle

one organisation (£100,000) – to develop educational resources for schools and colleges in the UK to teach young people about the nation’s historic connection and commitment to Hong Kong.

one organisation (£300,000) – to deliver hate crime reporting services in England, including a helpline and website for BN(O) status holders and all others of East and Southeast Asian (ESA) descent to report hate crime incidents.


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