Near Neighbours - Community Covid Relief Grants

Aims/priorities: Grants are available for local groups for local projects that support communities in specified areas of England affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing their emerging needs and improving community engagement with public health initiatives. To be eligible, projects must:

  • Support communities who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Be locally embedded – support organisations who represent the communities they seek to serve.
  • Support emerging needs of the community – support projects that work to address social isolation, financial distress and digital exclusion.
  • Keep people safe – support work that improves the community engagement with public health initiatives.
  • Keep people connected – support 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 -support projects that adapt and translate e resources that will benefit their communities.

In addition, the funding must be for:

  • New or developed work.
  • Specific activities.
  • Immediate activities – grants should be claimed within three months of approval and projects finished before 31 March 2021. Activities in areas of lockdown can be suspended until lockdown is lifted.
  • Small initiatives – total cost of the project must be £20,000 or less.

Who can apply? The funding is intended for grassroots organisations, charities, community groups, religious and other not-for-profit organisations working in specific areas of Birmingham, Black Country, East London, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Leicester, Luton, Nottingham, Peterborough, West London and West Yorkshire. There is particular interest in emerging local groups as well as charities, religious organisations and other not-for-profit organisations whose focus is on local work. The funder will look especially favourably on small BAME-led organisations with a low annual turnover.

Grant amount: Up to £4,000.

Application process: The criteria and application form questions can be found on the Near Neighbours website. Applicants must speak with their local Near Neighbours Coordinator before starting the application form. Applications that have not been discussed in advance with the local coordinator will not be accepted. A list of the local Near Neighbours Coordinators and their contact details can be found under the Local Hubs section on the Near Neighbours website.

Deadline: There are no deadlines. Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis.

Contact information: Tel 0203 7525 651, Email

Website address: Small Grants — Near Neighbours 

£1000.01 to £10,000
Charitable Company
Constituted Group
Partnerships and Consortiums
Registered Charity
Social Enterprise
Funding Theme: 
Covid 19