NN Lancs

Near Neighbours in East Lancashire

Near Neighbours Grants are available : £250-£5,000 for work in Blackburn, Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and the Haslingden part of Rossendale.


Near Neighbours is a charity set up to bring people together who are near neighbours in communities that are religiously and ethnically diverse, so that they can get to know each other better, build relationships of trust and collaborate together on initiatives that improve the local community they live in.

Grants have offered funding to a broad range of work; environmental, social, cultural, artistic, and sporting, that furthers the programme’s aims of encouraging social interaction and social action.

"The inspiring work of Near Neighbours has enabled local communities across the country to work and live together effectively" – Archbishop Justin Welby

Grant Criteria and Guidance here

Projects should:

  • Bring together peoples of two or more different faiths and/or ethnicities, build friendships and develop relationships of trust.
  • Work locally. We want to see people who are living very locally (i.e. in the same street, estate or neighbourhood) come together.
  • Work sustainably. We want to see long term and natural relationships grow, that will last beyond the period of funding.
  • Work to improve the community. We want to see people working to make their communities a better place to live.
  • Involve diverse people in planning and implementation. People from more than one faith group and/or ethnicity are involved in planning and implementing the proposal.

Please contact Lynne Mitchell at to discuss future grant applications and hear about the many projects that have been supported: lynnemitchell99@yahoo.com


Catalyst is a leadership programme, offering free training to young people who are between 16 and 26 years of age.

The aim of the programme is to empower young people to act as positive role models in their neighbourhoods and communities. Catalyst emphasises the importance of religious and ethnic diversity in our country and encourages its students to be understanding and supportive to people of all backgrounds.

The Catalyst Alumni programme offers great employment prospects for those who take part, with access to an impressive job reference and a network of possible employers, our graduates are given a helping hand into the job market. Catalyst graduates have gone on to be Young Leaders for the US Embassy, work for their local MPs, study at Madrid University, set up a Syrian Kitchen and so much more.

To find our more please contact Lynne Mitchell: lynnemitchell99@yahoo.com