The Near Neighbours programme is open to anyone living and working in the City of Leicester and the City of Nottingham who is willing to engage at the local level with their Neighbours from the many and diverse faith and non-faith traditions that make up the rich and vibrant tapestry of our cities. View the case study on this site to see some of the vital projects our communities are getting involved in.

Because of the great success of Near Neighbours the Government’s Department of Communities and Local Government has awarded a further round of funding in 2019 for small grants available to diverse local communities to develop relationships and transform neighbourhoods for good.

Grants of between £250 and £5,000 are available, providing seed capital 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 communities.

The grants work alongside the wider work of the programme. The programme works to bring people together who are near neighbours in 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.

This is a rolling programme with no deadlines but our second phase is due to run from May 2019 and we expect the grants programme to close by January 2020. We will invest in a broad range of work including environmental, social, cultural, artistic and sporting ideas but they need to fulfil our criteria which include:

1) Creating Association.
2) Local and Sustainable.
3) Transformative.

If you are interested in applying for a grant, or the wider work of the programme, please speak to your local co-ordinator, Beth Henwood, or telephone 07708 733338 or the office at St Philip's Centre - 0116 2733459.

You can read the Impact Report on the Near Neighbours Project (2011 - 2017) here and the key facts infographic here