Whatever your project activity, the people who run, manage and fund it will need clarity on what you are trying to achieve. This is particularly crucial for the beneficiaries of the project, as without a clear vision of your work you may be unable to deliver what they need...in this Toolkit you don’t have to possess existing skills to become a visionary person. The tools are simple and easy to use by people of all backgrounds and will help explore, revisit and develop your Project’s Vision.
Faith based project planning
To help explain, encourage and direct a faith based activity, a plan of some sort will normally be needed and this toolkit offers ideas and examples of how planning activity might be used by faith communities to help them ‘know where they are going’ with a project.
A good practice guide for faith projects involved in Volunteering, and for Volunteer Centres and Councils for Voluntary Service who work with them.
Faiths working together
This toolkit aims to help you to reach out and engage with people of different faiths in your local area, to create a successful project that engages people of different religious backgrounds, as well as to develop and deepen cross-faith understanding and relationships along the way.
This toolkit is aimed at helping places of worship and faith-based community organisations to be better informed of what they might do to provide the very best care for children and young people.
Planning your budget
This Toolkit will help you construct a basic budget, setting out your plans in an understandable and appropriate financial description of activity.
20 Fundraising steps
Faith organisations, be they places of worship or faith based charities, aiming to meet the needs of communities will often need to seek funding from sources other than their immediate membership. To stay true to their faith teachings and meet good standards as set out in law, carefully planned steps will be required to help reach the funding required.
Applications for funding
This toolkit is designed to help you understand what a funder is looking for in your application and reveals the hidden things that they won’t necessarily ask for but will want to see.
Telling your story
Faith groups that have learnt how to tell their story well will have a competitive edge in the increasingly crowded world of fundraising, and are more likely to be representative of the views and aspirations of the people they serve.
Research and monitoring
This Toolkit is based on the experiences of a wide range of groups that have successfully used research and monitoring to advance their work with neighbourhoods. You won’t always find research and monitoring requirements listed in the guidelines given to you by a funder, but they will in fact be keen to see the evidence of these aspects of your work as indicators of a well-run project.
Promoting your project
This toolkit will help you consider three important questions in promoting your project; ‘What is my Message?’, ‘Who are my Audience?’ and ‘What is the Best and Most Cost Effective Way to reach your Audience?’ The toolkit will help you reach the people your project is most designed to impact.
This toolkit is designed to act as a guide for projects you are running, and for yourself, if you are looking to publicise your work through social media.
How to use the media
Community projects, and particularly interfaith projects, are involved in activities and events that, from time to time, will interest local newspapers, radio, and sometimes regional TV. With limited resources, the skill is to know when to put energy into promoting your project. This toolkit provides guidelines for effective media coverage to help you to maximise the benefit of publicity.
Small grants criteria and guidance
The Near Neighbours grants criteria and guidance for 2017. The grants programme which is part of Near Neighbours is being administered by our partner organisation, Church Urban Fund. Near Neighbours is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government. We will work with those of any faith or none.