Government grants an extra £1.5 million to bring communities togetherMay 4, 2016 // No Comments
The government announced recently that the Near Neighbours programme – that brings together diverse communities and different faiths through a range of activities – has been awarded an additional £1.5 million of funding. Using the infrastructure of the Church of England, Near Neighbours provides small grants and support to grassroots groups to help them run projects which bring about lasting benefits to neighbourhoods with significant religious diversity.
From teaching computer coding to girls in north London, setting up a pop up community café in Leeds to community gardening in Luton, the programme covers a broad range of activities across the arts, the environment and sport. Since its launch in 2011, over 1,100 projects have been established, benefiting 1 million people in some of England’s most diverse communities, including over 50% of projects offering new skills to the unemployed. This additional £1.5 million funding brings the total funding to £9.5 million.