Near Neighbours Grants

The Near Neighbours programme has offered 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 across diverse faiths and ethnicities in order to improve their communities.

Please be aware that our Small Grants Fund is now closed to new applications until late spring/early summer. Any proposals submitted cannot be considered for funding.

We have invested in a broad range of work including environmental, social, cultural, artistic and sporting ideas that fulfilled the following criteria.

1) Creating Association

We are looking to encourage stronger civil society in areas that are multi-religious and multi-ethnic by creating association, friendship and neighbourliness. The programme intends to bring together people of different faiths and of no faiths to transform local communities for the better.

This is done by enabling communication and understanding in local neighbourhoods and through creating joint work, organisations or projects which address community needs.

2) Local and Sustainable

The programme aims to build association as deeply and sustainably 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. We also want to see lasting relationships between people, which will continue naturally beyond the period of funding.

3) Transformative

We are keen to give grants that positively impact and transform the neighbourhoods in which projects run. This could be done through something as simple as litter picking or as developed as reducing community tensions. Regardless of what the particular activity is we want to see it transform the local neighbourhood for good.


Please be aware that our Small Grants Fund is now closed to new applications until further notice. Any proposals submitted cannot now be considered for funding.


Near Neighbours is funded by