Funding Opportunities

One of the unique strengths of OWW is that it is not about ‘raising money for charity’ but about changing people’s attitudes.  However, if it suits your group, acquiring more funds can widen the scope of your events without compromising your voluntary ethos.

On this page you will find links to various funding opportunities that your group can apply for to help with the costs of an OWW event.  We will do our best to inform you of any new grants that become available, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you know of any other funding opportunities whether local or national.


1. New Beginnings Fund - second round. 

The UK Community Foundations announced on 12 Oct.2016 that a second round of £440,000 is now open for local projects which welcome refugees and asylum seekers into the UK. More about the fund here - check that you are in an eligible area.

Important dates

  • 10th Oct 2016: Expression of interest form opens
  • 30th Oct 2016: Deadline for submitting expression of interest form

2.  Celebrate! Big Lottery Fund (updated 31 August 2016)

This fund is well suited to local OWW events which bring members of the local community together  APPLY NOW -its easy to apply and grants are on a first-come-first-served basis so do it NOW  here  There is separate funding for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Grants can be from £300 to £10,000.

Portsmouth OWW applied in mid June 2016 and heard by the end of August that they had been awarded the full amount (£1200) they had requested. So it's well worth doing. But you are advised to apply at least 10 weeks before the event - so getting a bit late now - however they have not closed applications yet!

Look out for next years Lottery Fund programme and plan to apply in good time.

3. The Co-Operative Society - (updated July, 2016 )

OWW shares many values with the Co-operative movement.   They may be able to provide you with vouchers for food for local events - Apply in writing (give at least 2 weeks notice) to the Manager of your local branch.  Some Co-op Societies offer grants to local organisation for projects in the local community - your event might qualify.

(see other supermarkets below at 6.)


4 Church Urban Fund : The Near Neighbours Programme  (updated July 2016)

The overall aim of the fund is to encourage stronger civil society in areas that are multi-religious and multi-ethnic by creating association, friendship and neighbourliness. It intends to bring  people of different faiths and of no faiths to work together to transform local communities for the better.

As this is a major part of what OWW events aim to do you might well be able to get a grant to help you with your event IF you live in an eligible area - mainly large multi ethnic and multifaith cities - Find out if you are in an eligible area here

The government in May 2016 awarded £1.5 million to the ground-breaking Near Neighbours programme to build relationships between different communities to address hate, fear, and the voices of division.

The Near Neighbours programme has received a third round of funding after two successful phases of funds from the government have been used to transform communities and promote the view that we can live well together.

The Near Neighbours grants fund has awarded seed capital worth £3.66m to over 1,120 projects. These projects have impacted the lives of 941,000 people and 71% of projects have continued to run after the initial seed capital was spent.

All Near Neighbours projects are designed to change hearts and minds by bringing together different communities within a neighbourhood so that they can work together on issues of shared concern and common values.  

In tackling voices of hate, projects work across a variety of pressing social needs and issues including employment skills, environmental work, homelessness, and healthy eating, with 53% of projects providing new skills to the unemployed and 33% offering important social support to refugees.

The latest wave of funding will be used to continue the work in communities by providing further support and grants.

The Small Grants Fund is expected to reopen for applications in late spring/early summer. If you have any questions about this, please contact your local coordinator. 

5. Waitrose (ongoing - updated July 2016)

Has your local organising committee thought of applying to your local Waitrose Store for funding for your local event? If you stress your role in bringing the local community together to explore how to build a more sustainable and fairer world, you stand a chance of being selected.  There is often a long lead-in time though so apply early and keep it general, as you might not get it in time for this year's theme but maybe next year!

This is from the Waitrose website: To be considered for a donation, good causes and charities should contact their local Waitrose branch store. Partners (Waitrose employees) will then vote which three causes to support each month at their branch's 'PartnerVoice' forum, a means of voicing opinion on branch issues. Customers and Partners can also put forward the names of organisations they would like their local branch to support by filling out a leaflet in store.

Shoppers then get to help decide how the sum is divided amongst the three selected organisations. They will be given a token at the checkout, which they can place in one of three boxes at the store exit, each allocated to a different cause. The amount a cause receives is directly proportional to the number of tokens they receive from customers.

6. Other Supermarkets (posted 1 Sept 2015)

A wide range of supermarkets offer grants for local community activities -  see a recently compiled guide here


7. Ask your local (or County) Councillor

Many Councillors have a pot of money from which they can make small grants so it's worth applying for funds to help you with your OWW event that will enhance community relations and promote active citizenship.


8. The Big Lottery Fund: Awards for All

"We want to fund projects which address the issues, needs and aspirations of local communities and people. We will fund a wide range of community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalising the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens."  (My emphasis)

This is certainly what OWW seeks to do, so if you are planning something big you need to apply in good time (advice is 4 months in advance of the event or activity)

There are programmes for all parts of the UK, each with different funding ranges:

Awards for All England   (£300 - £10,000 )

Awards for All Northern Ireland  (£500 - £10,000 )

Awards for All Scotland   (£500 - £10,000 )

Awards for All Wales   (£500 - £5,000 )









Press Releases


Including You
(August 2016)

Recently Added Resources

Organisers' Evaluation form for 2016 events Download from here

Wordsearches for Including You events - download them from here

Press release template for 'Including You' events download here 

Quotations about  building an inclusive peaceful society - Download from here a 5 page booklet as a word.doc or pdf 

Pledges to build an inclusive society - find them here

"Who is a Migrant?" - anactivity/game to get people talking to each other at your events. Download the instructions here 

School Assemblies from Christian Aid- link to and download a PowerPoint and notes 

Looking for a speaker for your event? Download here a list (pdf) from the Discussion page (posted 12 Sept 2016)

Faith resources relating to "Including You".Download pdf here  links to materials offered by OWW's partners and supporters: worship, discussion, films Prayers for OWW(updated 7 Sept '16)

Presentation "A OWW approach to Migration" Download this PDF version of a 12 slides (15 -20 minutes) powerpoint

Need funding for your event? Apply to Big Lottery Celebrate Fund! NOW or you'll be too late for OWW more here and other suggestions

Poster/ flyer design kit - download from here

2016 Leaflets "Including You" download PDF versions here

Introductory PowerPoint about organising local inclusive OWW events - updated for 2016.  Down load ppt here

Migrant crisis or poverty crisis? - A briefing paper from Global Justice NOW Download as a PDF here

2016 - "Including You" - Booklet of ideas, links and resources for interpreting the theme. Dowload a PDF here (updated July 2016)

Learning resource/activity for young people about peace - from Fly Kites not Drones;   suitable for activites in or out of school. find links here: schools ; activities (added Nov. 2015 but still relevant for this years events)

Organisers' Evaluation Form for event organisers to completand send to OWW - down load the word.doc from here

Event participants feedback form  (for organisers to collect feedback from participants at OWW events)   (word.doc)