Near Neighbours is a charity set up 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.
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.
Church Urban Fund is a Christian charity, with a vision to see people and communities all over England flourish and enjoy life in all its fullness. Church Urban Fund relies on regular contributions from different parts of the Church and donations from thousands of generous individuals.
To apply for one of our grants, please do the following:
- 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 from our website 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 our office for final assessment. If the vicar is unable to comment within one week the Link Officer will send it without their comments.
- Our 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).
Although stated in the guidance that Liverpool is a priority area, the message from John Davis – Together Liverpool (The Common Good Fund Link Officer for Liverpool) is that he thinks it is such a short term fund it won’t be a problem if we use the City region which includes the Wirral with the ongoing dispersal of asylum seekers. You can email John Davis on [email protected]