Grants for local groups working to bring together communities


The Near Neighbours programme offers small grants between £250 and £3,000, as seed funding for local groups and organisations who are working to bring together neighbours.

The programme has two key objectives:

  • Social interaction – to develop positive relationships in multi-faith and multi-ethnic areas i.e. 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.

To be eligible a grant, your project should meet the following criteria:

  • Bring together peoples of two or more different faiths and/or ethnicities, to build friendships and develop relationships of trust.
  • Work to bring people together who are living very locally (i.e. in the same street, estate or neighbourhood).
  • Build long term and natural relationships, that will last beyond the period of funding.
  • Involve local people working to make their communities a better place to live.
  • Projects should involve diverse people, from more than one faith group and/or ethnicity, in the planning and implementation.

About The Fund

Area: The programme works in several key locations across England. They have Hubs in West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, the Black Country, Leicester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Peterborough, Luton, West London, and East London. However, the fund is only working within specific areas of these places. To find out more visit the near neighbours website.

Suitable for: Local groups, charities, religious organisations and other not-for-profit organisations whose focus is on local work. “We will look especially favourably on small organisations with a low annual turnover.”

Funding size: between £250 and £3,000.

Application deadline: Friday 11 December 2020.

Read more about this funding opportunity.

About the Author:

Keir is a project officer based in Semble's Bristol office. Most of his time is spent on two of our movement campaigns, Outdoor Classroom Day and Backyard Nature. One of Keir’s main interests is food equality and outside of Semble he runs a small community food waste project.