Near Neighbours Fund Grant Criteria
Please be aware that the Near Neighbours small grants fund has allocated all funds and has now closed. Please do not send any new applications to the fund as they will be automatically declined.
The Near Neighbours Fund is targeted at creating additional relationships in local communities across boundaries.
This is a rolling programme with no deadlines but it is due to end in March 2014. We will invest in environmental, social, cultural, artistic and sporting ideas but they need to fulfill the following criteria.
1. Creating association
The overall aim of the fund is to encourage stronger civil society in areas that are multi-religious and multi-ethnic by creating association, friendship and neighbourliness. It intends to bring together people of different faiths and of no faiths to transform local communities for the better. First, by enabling opportunities for deeper levels of communication and understanding in local neighbourhoods, and secondly, by creating joint work, organizations or projects which address community needs. Strong and vibrant communities are dependent upon relationships of trust and mutual engagement and the fund aims to facilitate their development.
Key criteria therefore are pieces of work which do one of the following:
- Create First Encounters between people of different faith and ethnic communities and encourage the development of mutual understanding - initiatives which begin the process of developing associational life. These encounters can be key moments of transformation in a neighbourhood.
- Create Everyday Interactions at the everyday level of community life by encouraging families and individuals to come together regularly to eat together, jointly participating in religious and other festivals, encouraging children to play together in a neighbourhood.
- Create Civil Engagement which brings together people from different faith or ethnic communities to work together to change their neighbourhoods for the better. This will include establishing organizations and initiatives which have members of different faith communities.
2. Specifically local
Association can be built nationally, internationally and ‘virtually’ but for most people their experience of civic life and of community more generally is a local one. The Fund aims to build association as deeply as possible in local neighbourhood contexts. So a key criterion is that grants are spent in ways which bring together people from different ethnic and faith communities which impact specifically locally. If there is the intention and likelihood of lasting relationships between human beings, then a grant is more likely to be awarded. We will look especially favourably on applications from diverse neighbourhoods and those with particular issues of deprivation and challenge.
Certain Church of England parishes (places) in the following areas are eligible:
- The City of Leicester
- The boundaries of Bradford MDC, Burnley BC and Oldham MDC
- In the City of Birmingham this covers the wards of Aston, Bordesley Green, Edgbaston, Hodge Hill, Ladywood, Lozells and East Handsworth, Moseley and Kings Heath, Nechells, Soho, South Yardley, Sparkbook, Springfield, Washwood Heath
- In the London boroughs of Islington, Greenwich, Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest
3. Small, quick...and transformative
We have lots of evidence at Church Urban Fund and from elsewhere of the transformative effect of small grants. Relatively small sums of money, quickly targeted to an emerging opportunity or initiative can provide the impetus for significant change.
There are several things that this fund will not support; these are buying capital items, funding a deficit, stretching a hard-pressed project revenue budget, paying full salaries, or work already completed. Innovative or tried and tested methods which bring people together in the categories set out above and which are ‘good ideas’ are much more likely to receive some investment. No match funding is required but if you can show additional resources such as volunteer time or extra funding being drawn in, so much the better.
Award amounts range from £250-£5000. It is possible to be awarded more than one grant, especially when a locality or grouping is progressing from First Encounters, to Everyday Interactions, to Civic Engagement.
How to apply
The project is set up with localism at its heart. Ideally we would also like each application to come through an engagement with your local Church of England parish church. You can contact your nearest Presence and Engagement centre for contact information for your local parish church. You should send a copy of the application to your nearest Presence and Engagement centre in case there is a difficulty, such as there is no parish priest currently in post.
The Fund is particularly pleased to receive applications from people of different faith groups or none, working in partnership with people of different faiths and within the criteria. Funding cannot be granted to individuals.
Presence and Engagement Centres:
St Philip’s Centre for Study and Engagement in a Multi-Faith Society, Leicester
Contact: John McCallum at email@example.com
Phone: 0116 273 8813
St Philips Centre, 2A Stoughton Drive North, LEICESTER, LE5 5UB
Bradford Churches for Dialogue and Diversity, Bradford
Contact: Carlo Schröder at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 01274 668312
BCDD, Thornbury Centre, Leeds Old Road, BRADFORD, BD3 8JX
The Contextual Theology Centre, London
Contact: Timothy Clapton at email@example.com
Phone: 0207 780 1600
The Contextual Theology Centre, The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, 2, Butcher Row, LONDON, E14 8DS
Faithful Neighbourhoods Centre, Birmingham
Contact: Jessica Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 0121 675 1155
10 Court Road, Sparkhill, BIRMINGHAM, B11 4LX
The Fund is administered through Church Urban Fund.
- Check that your work is in an eligible location
- Download the application guidance notes (PDF)
- Download an application form (Word document)
- Apply online (Link to online application)
- Download an example completed application form - you may find this (fictitious) example useful in completing your application (PDF)
- News and events
- The Contextual Theology Centre
- The St Philip's Centre
- The Faithful Neighbourhoods Centre
- Bradford Churches for Dialogue and Diversity
- National Faith Partners
- Case studies
- Independent Academic Research
Near Neighbours is funded by