"The inspiring work of Near Neighbours has enabled local communities across the country to work and live together effectively" - Archbishop Justin Welby 

The Near Neighbours programme offers small grants of between £250 and £5,000, as seed funding for local groups and organisations
working to bring together neighbours, and to develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities to improve their communities. 

Grants have offered funding to a broad range of work; environmental, social, cultural, artistic, and sporting, that furthers the programme’s aims of encouraging community interaction and social action.

Our grants include the following criteria. Projects should:

  • Bring together peoples of two or more different faiths and/or ethnicities, to build friendships and develop relationships of trust.

Grants Criteria and Guidance

  • Work locally. We want to see people who are living very locally (i.e. in the same street, estate or neighbourhood) come together.
  • Work sustainably. We want to see long term and natural relationships grow, that will last beyond the period of funding. 
  • Work to improve the community. We want to see people working to
    make their communities a better place to live. 
  • Involve diverse people in planning and implementation. People from more than one faith group and/or ethnicity are involved in planning and implementing the proposal.


Our Grants Criteria and Guidance explain the full criteria in detail, as well as what we won’t fund and what we prioritise. 

Check that your ideas fit our criteria and is in one of our eligible areas.

To apply for one of our grants, please do the following:

  • Speak with your local Near Neighbours Coordinator about your idea. They are in place to support you and help you apply. Contact details can be found here.

grant application form

  • Download and complete the application form. This is available for download here.
  • Where possible, speak to your local Church of England vicar. They are able to act in an advisory role in support of your application. Your local Near Neighbours Coordinator will be able to put you in touch with them.
  • Return your application to your local Near Neighbours Coordinator. They will review it locally and may offer you recommendations, before forwarding it to our central office for final assessment.
  • Your application will be assessed centrally. We will aim to make a decision within 14 days of receiving all information relevant to your application.

For general enquiries, please contact near.neighbours@cuf.org.uk