COMMON GOOD FUND


The Common Good Fund is a new CUF grants fund that is an extension of the Near Neighbours programme, and offers small grants of between £250 and £5,000, as seed funding for local groups and organisations. The purpose of grants is to address recent and long entrenched tensions in local areas between faith and ethnic communities, where there are reported incidents of intolerance, to build connections and increase levels of trust and mutual support, as well as encouraging people to develop practical activities to bring about change.

The Common Good Fund has four key objectives:

  • Creating a common agenda – we want to see local people reach a shared vision of how to work together to improve their areas.
  • Promoting a sense of personal responsibility – we recognise that everyone has something to contribute and should feel ownership over local initiatives.
  • Increasing levels of participation and social cohesion – we believe that the local community is strongest when everyone is involved in social action.
  • Promoting an alternative to hate, intolerance, and prejudice – we feel that meaningful relationships can develop where there is shared understanding, as well as trust and respect for each other.

CRITERIA

Applications must meet the following criteria to be eligible for grants. Projects should:

  • Bring together peoples of two or more different faiths and/or ethnicities, to build friendships and develop relationships of trust.
  • Work locally. We want to see people who are living very locally (i.e. in the same street, estate or neighbourhood) come together.
  • Work sustainably. We want to see long term and natural relationships grow, that will last beyond the period of funding.
  • Work to improve the community. We want to see people working to make their communities a better place to live.
  • Involve diverse people in planning and implementation. People from more than one faith group and/or ethnicity are involved in planning and implementing the proposal.

CUF’s Grants Criteria and Guidance explain the full criteria in detail, as well as what we won’t fund and what we prioritise.  

HOW TO APPLY

Grants from the Common Good Fund are available across England, except for the areas where Near Neighbours Small Grants are available. Please check the list of Common Good Fund Link Officers to determine geographical eligibility.

The deadline for applications is Monday 27th February 2017

  • Review whether your project fits in with our criteria and is based in an eligible area.
  • It is important to speak with your local Common Good Fund Link Officer about your proposals before applying; they are in place to support and help you apply. You can find your local Common Good Fund Link Officer here. They will also tell you who your local Church of England Vicar is in order that you might be able to have an initial conversation with the vicar about your idea as they may be able to signpost you to partners and projects locally.
  • Complete the application form. These are available here.
  • Send your application to your local Link Officer. They will forward your application on to the local vicar who is able to comment on the application in an advisory role and provide a supporting statement for your application, and the local vicar will have one week to respond. The local Link Officer will also review it and may offer you recommendations, before forwarding it to CUF’s office for final assessment. If the vicar is unable to comment within one week the Link Officer will send it without their comments.
  • CUF’s Grants Coordinator will assess your application. If necessary, they will contact you with any questions they may have. Once they have all the necessary information, they will work with CUF staff who will aim to make a decision within 14 calendar days (except during Christmas holidays when staff are on leave).

If you have any questions please contact either your Local Link Officer or email near.neighbours@cuf.org.uk