The Near Neighbours programme was set up in 2011 in partnership between the Church Urban Fund and the Archbishop’s Council and is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Working out of ‘hubs’ in Bradford, Birmingham, the Black Country, Leicester, Luton and across most of London, Near Neighbours brings together diverse communities and different faiths through a range of activities. Using the infrastructure of the Church of England, the programme provides small grants and support to grassroots groups to help them run projects which bring about lasting benefits to neighbourhoods with significant religious diversity.

Over the last five years, more than 1,100 projects have been established, benefitting 1 million people in some of England’s most diverse communities, including over 50% of projects offering new skills to the unemployed.

ToastLoveCoffee Community Café, for example, was funded by Near Neighbours to establish a pop up community cafe in Harehills, Leeds, offering a venue for this diverse neighbourhood to come together and meet. Their project has grown to the extent that TLC are now crowd funding for a permanent venue and are also extending their work into the Chapeltown area of the city.

The Small Grants Programme is expected to reopen in late spring/early summer 2016.  Further information can be found on the Near Neighbours website.
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