Near Neighbours has a new grant programme open. The charity is offering small grants, of up to £4,000, to Nottingham projects that are supporting communities affected by the pandemic.
The fund is for projects that:
- Support Communities - who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic
- Are Locally Embedded - representing the communities they seek to serve
- Support the Emerging Needs of the Community - working to address projects on topics such as social isolation, financial distress and digital exclusion
- Keep People Safe – improving community engagement with public health initiatives
- Keep People Connected - supporting community-based activities that are permitted under restriction exemptions and that are delivered in a Covid-secure way, work to adapt projects to digital delivery and support and train communities to reduce digital exclusion
- Keep People Informed – supporting projects that adapt and translate resources that will benefit their communities
In addition, a grant must be for:
- New or Developed Work - they won't support repeat or ongoing activities
- Specific Activities - Funding is given for a specific project or activity
- Immediate Activities - Grants should be claimed within three months of approval, and projects should aim to finish before the end of March 2021. If your area is put into lockdown, however, activities can be suspended until the lockdown is lifted
- Small Initiatives - the total cost of the project needs to be £20,000 or less, the grant will cover up to £4,000
- Grassroots Organisations - They are particularly seeking to fund emerging local groups as well as charities, religious organisations and other not-for-profit organisations. They will look especially favourably on small BAME-led organisations with a low annual turnover
All grants will be awarded by 31 March 2021. However, Near Neighbours Grants Panel will be assessing applications and awarding grants weekly on a first-come, first-served basis. We would encourage you to apply early, so you don't miss out.
For more information and to apply, visit the Near Neighbours website.