Near Neighbours 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.

Grants between £250 and £5,000 are available 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.

These must be local initiatives, planned by and involving local people, which has a specific local impact. Applications from diverse neighbourhoods will be preferable and those with particular issues of deprivation and other challenges, as well as where there is the intention and likelihood of deep and lasting relationships of trust between people, in order to transform communities.

Please visit the Near Neighbours website for more information and to read the grant criteria and guidance in full.