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, 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.


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.

Our Grant criteria and Guidance notes explain the full criteria in detail, as well as what we won’t fund and what we prioritise.

How to Apply

To apply for a Near Neighbours Small Grant, please do the following:

  • Check that your ideas fit our criteria and is in one of our eligible areas.
  • Speak with the GTM Near Neighbours Coordinator about your idea. They are in place to support you and help you apply. Please note: We are currently in the process of recruiting for a Near Neighbours Coordinator for Greater Manchester, in the meantime, please click here to email us and we will support you with the application process.
  • Start the application form – this is available here.
  • GTM will put you in touch with your local Church of England vicar, who can act in an advisory role in support of your application.
  • Return your application to us. We will review it locally and may offer you recommendations, before forwarding it to the Near Neighbours Central Office for final assessment.
  • Your application will be assessed centrally.  Near Neighbours aim to make a decision within 14 days of receiving all information relevant to your application.

For general enquiries about Near Neighbours Grants, please contact


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