Near Neighbours Grants

Please note that the Near Neighbours Grants Fund is currently closed and is thus not accepting new applications. The fund will be reopening however, so check back regularly for more information. Alternatively, please contact your local coordinator who will be able to give you more information.

The Near Neighbours programme offers small grants, between £250 and £5,000, providing seed capital for local groups and organisations who are working to bring together neighbours; to develop relationships of diverse faiths and ethnicities and also to improve their communities.

This is a rolling programme with no deadlines but our second phase is due to run until March 2016 and we thus expect the grants programme to close near to this date. We will invest in environmental, social, cultural, artistic and sporting ideas but they need to fulfil the following criteria.

1) Creating Association

The overall aim of the programme 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. This is done by:

  • Enabling opportunities for deeper levels of communication and understanding in local neighbourhoods
  • Creating joint work, organizations or projects which address community needs

2) Specifically Local

The programme 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 people, then a grant is more likely to be awarded.

3) Small, Quick and Transformative

There is significant evidence 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. 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.

There are some things that we will not fund. These are; large capital item costs, funding a deficit, funding core organisational costs, paying full salaries, or work already completed.


How to apply

As we move from the first stage to second stage of the Near Neighbours programme, and with our small grants fund currently closed, details about how to apply are being finalised. The fund will re-open, so please check back regularly for updates.


Near Neighbours is funded by