Local groups can apply now for funding to support the work of developing relationships between people of different faiths and ethnic backgrounds in the nine areas covered by a Near Neighbours hub in England.
The Near Neighbours programme offers small grants between £250 and £5,000, 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.
Charities, religious organisations, Community Interest Companies, social enterprises and groups of individuals focusing on community benefit are eligible to apply as long as the activity they seek to deliver has a planning/running involvement from local people of more than one faith and ethnicity.
The funding is for grassroots organisations, particularly emerging local groups as well as charities, religious organisations and other not-for-profit organisations whose focus is on local work.
To be eligible, groups must be working in one of nine areas covered by a Near Neighbours hub: Birmingham, the Black Country, East London, East Midlands, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Luton, West London, or West Yorkshire.
Since it started in 2011, the Small Grants programme has awarded over £6 million to more than 1,600 projects with more than a million people benefitting.
With funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) for a fifth year, the programme can reach more communities.
Minister for Faith Lord Bourne said:
“Near Neighbours have a fantastic track record in delivering real and lasting changes to many communities across the country. We want everyone to make the most of the opportunities that living here offers and Near Neighbours are well positioned to support Government in bringing forward our bold proposals to create a stronger, better integrated Britain. I am delighted to be able to confirm our continued support today, and I am confident that this funding will be used to create a wide range of opportunities for people of all backgrounds to mix, socialise and work together to make their communities even better places to live.”
There are no deadlines. Applications are accepted until all the funds are allocated.