Government Launches the Common Good Programme (England)

The Government has announced that £250,000 of ‘small grants funding’ is now available to boost diverse communities across the country.

The ‘Common Good’ programme will give funding to projects that bring together diverse communities and different faiths through a range of activities from cookery classes to teaching computer coding.  Managed by The Church Urban Fund, grants of between £250 and £5,000 will be offered to locally-led projects. This includes extending the small grants element of Near Neighbours to new areas that have seen increased diversity in recent years. Grants from the Common Good Fund are available across England, except for the areas where Near Neighbours Small Grants are available.

The initial focus will be on:

  • Areas where there has been significant migration from European countries and settlement of asylum seekers and refugees
  • Areas where our networks and/or news reports have indicated that there are tensions.

This includes:

  • Barking and Dagenhan
  • Batley
  • Boston
  • Cambridge
  • Corby
  • Harlow
  • Liverpool
  • Merton
  • Middlesbrough
  • Oxford
  • Peterborough
  • Slough
  • South Holland
  • Wisbech.

In Caldmore, a village near Walsall, a community garden led by a Polish woman was funded by the programme last year. Activities such as gardening and cooking involved the whole village, bringing together Polish, Bengali, Pakistani, and white British communities. The garden received just £3,700 in funding but has since worked directly with over 1,300 people including with local schools.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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