Cash boost for communities

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Luton community groups could be in line for a share of £144,000 under a Near Neighbours scheme.

Organisations which help develop relationships and transform neighbourhoods can apply for grants of between £250 to £5,000.

The scheme, funded by the department for Communities and Local Government, is looking for groups working to bring together neighbours, to develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities in order to improve their communities.

The criteria includes:

1) Creating Association. encouraging stronger civil society in areas that are multi-religious and multi-ethnic by creating association, friendship and neighbourliness. The programme intends to bring together people of different faiths and of no faiths to transform local communities for the better.

2) Local and Sustainable. The programme aims to build association as deeply and sustainably as possible in local neighbourhood contexts. A key criterion is that grants are spent in ways which bring together people from different ethnic and faith communities which impact specifically locally.

3) Transformative. Schemes that positively impact and transform the neighbourhoods in which projects run.

If you are interested in applying for a grant or for any other details, please visit or contact the Luton Coordinator: Kim Greig c/o Grassroots, telephone: 01582 416946 / 07930601640,

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