Grants are available to local groups and organisations as seed funding for local groups and organisations who are working to bring together neighbours, developing relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities in order to improve their communities in Birmingham, the Black Country, East London, East Midlands, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Luton, North, West and South London, or West Yorkshire.
Near Neighbours, a charity, was set up in 2011 in partnership between the Church Urban Fund, a Christian charity, and the Archbishop’s Council and is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.
It was set up to help people of different faiths come together to change their neighbourhoods for the better. This grants programme which is part of Near Neighbours is being administered by partner organisation, the Church Urban Fund.
The Near Neighbours Small Grants scheme aims 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.
Near Neighbours has two key objectives:
- Social interaction – to develop positive relationships in multi-faith and multi-ethnic areas, ie, to help people from different faiths and ethnicities get to know and understand each other better.
- Social action – to encourage people of different faiths and of no faith and of different ethnicities to come together for initiatives that improve their local neighbourhood.
- Full details https://www.near-neighbours.org.uk/small-grants