The Near Neighbours Fund provides grants of between £250 and £5,000 to encourage stronger civil society in areas that are multi-religious and multi-ethnic within specific parishes in:
• Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and Burnley;
• Leeds, Bradford and Dewsbury;
• Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Walsall and Dudley;
• Leicester and Nottingham;
• Luton; and
• Across most of London.
The Near Neighbours Fund 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.
The fund has two key objectives:
• Social interaction – to develop positive relationships in multi-faith areas.
• Social action – to encourage people of different faiths and of no faith to come together for initiatives that improve their local neighbourhood.
Projects should aim to build lasting relationships between people which will continue naturally after the initial period of funding.
Charities, religious organisations, community interest companies, social enterprises and groups of individuals focusing on community benefit can apply. Preference is given to applications from small faith or community organisations with a turnover of less than £150,000.
Funding is available for activities which fulfil at least one of the following three key priority areas:
• Creating association;
• Local and Sustainable; and
The final deadline for applications is 4 December 2015.
For more information, please visit the Near Neighbours website