Small grants.


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.

ELIGIBLE GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS MUST BE WORKING to develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities IN ORDER to improve their communities.

Grants 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.

We are currently closed for new applications.

Learn more about our funding criteria, eligibility and register your interest to be updated when our next round of funding opens


Funding criteria.

To be eligible for one of our small grants, your project should meet the following criteria:

BringING People Together

The project should bring together peoples of two or more different faiths and/or ethnicities, to build friendships and develop relationships of trust.


We want to see people who are living very locally (i.e. in the same street, estate or neighbourhood) come together.

Working Sustainably

We want to see long term and natural relationships grow, that will last beyond the period of funding.

Improving the community

We want to see people working to make their communities a better place to live.

Download our full grants criteria and guidance

COMMITTING to Diversity

Projects should involve diverse people, from more than one faith group and/or ethnicity, in the planning and implementation.

To be eligible FOR A SMALL GRANT, projects must operate in a community served by one of our local hubs. 

We aim to make a decision on all grant applications within 14 days of receiving all the necessary information.

Application Process.

To apply for a Near Neighbours small grant, please do the following:



Check that your ideas fit our criteria and takes place in one of our eligible areas.


Speak with your local Near Neighbours Coordinator about your idea. They are in place to support you and help you apply. Contact details can be found here.


Download and start the application form or pick up one from your local Coordinator.


Fill in your application form with input from other local people and your local Coordinator. Use this check-list to ensure you've completed all of the required steps.


Return your application to your local Near Neighbours Coordinator, along with an optional Equal Opportunities Form. They will review it locally and may offer you recommendations, before forwarding it to our central office for final assessment.


Your application will be assessed centrally. We will aim to make a decision within 14 days of receiving all information relevant to your application.