Local groups and organisations, who are working to bring together neighbours and develop relationships, across diverse faiths and ethnicities in order to improve their communities, can apply for grants of £250 to £3,000 from the Near Neighbours fund.
The fund operates in specific areas of Lancashire, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, the Black Country, East Midlands, Birmingham, Peterborough, Luton, West London, and East London.
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.
The programme has two application forms this year: a simpler form for ‘micro grants’ up to £1,000 and another for projects between £1,000 and £3,000.
Grants awarded in the past have offered funding to a broad range of work; environmental, social, cultural, artistic, and sporting, that furthers the programme’s aims of encouraging social interaction and social action.
Applications can be submitted at any time until the 11th December 2020.