Near Neighbours brings people together from communities that are religiously and ethnically diverse, so that they can get to know each other better, build relationships of trust and collaborate together on initiatives that improve the local community they live in.
We have 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 £3,000 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 local communities.
These must be local initiatives, planned by and involving local diverse people, which have a specific local impact. We will look especially favourably on applications from diverse neighbourhoods 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.
We consider projects to fall into three broad categories. A project need not fit itself to just one, and we recognise that activities may naturally cover two or all three of the following:
- First Encounters that develop new relationships between people of different faith and ethnic communities and encourage the development of mutual understanding – initiatives which begin the process of developing friendship and neighbourliness.
- Everyday Interactions that support regular interactions, repeatedly bringing people together and encouraging families and individuals to come together to share life – building flourishing and sustainable friendships and relationships.
- Civil Engagement which brings together people from different faith or ethnic communities to work together to change their neighbourhoods for the better – enabling diverse communities to transform their neighbourhoods.
We aim to make a decision on all grant applications within 14 days of receiving all the necessary information, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The final deadline for applications is Friday 11 December 2020; however, we reserve the right to close earlier, when all funds have been dispersed.
The programme works in several key locations across England. We have Hubs in West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, the Black Country, Leicester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Peterborough, Luton, West London, and East London.
Your key contact for the Near Neighbours programme is your local Coordinator:
West Yorkshire (Leeds, Bradford, Dewsbury)
Kaneez Khan, Wellsprings Together, Trinity Centre, John Escritt Road, Bingley, BD16 2ST / email@example.com / 07958 470 590
Greater Manchester (Manchester, Bury, Rochdale, Oldham)
Samra Kanwal, Greater Together Manchester, Church House, 90 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2GH / firstname.lastname@example.org / 07927 550 744
Black Country (Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley)
Shaz Akhtar, Transforming Communities Together, The Small Street Centre, 1A Small Street, Walsall WS1 3PR / email@example.com / 07530 741 923
Beth Henwood, St Philip's Centre, 2A Stoughton Drive North, Leicester LE5 5UB / firstname.lastname@example.org / 07708 733 338
Lindsay Cressey, Transforming Notts Together, Unity House, 35 Church Street, Lenton, Nottinghamshire, NG7 2FF / email@example.com / 07522 381533
Rabiyah K Latif, Thrive Together Birmingham, Balsall Heath Centre, 100 Mary Street, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9JU / firstname.lastname@example.org / 07503 711 333
Femi Olasoko, Peterborough Cathedral, Cathedral Office, Deanery Mews, 11 Minster Precincts, Peterborough PE1 1XS / email@example.com / 07715 091 249
Kim Greig, Grassroots Programme, 47 High Town Road, Luton, Beds, LU2 0BW / firstname.lastname@example.org / 07930 601 640
Elizabeth Fewkes, King's Centre, St John's Church, Church Avenue, Southall, Middlesex, UB2 4DH / email@example.com / 07913 291 110
Marzena Cichon-Balcerowicz, The Centre for Theology & Community, St George-in-the-East, 14 Cannon Street Road, London E1 0BH / firstname.lastname@example.org / 07437 985 793