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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.

Big Lottery Fund - Awards for All - (updated Feb 2017) 

"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 )

N.B. - Portsmouth OWW applied to the Big Lottery's Celebrate fund 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. 


The Co-Operative Society - (updated 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 )


Church Urban Fund : The Near Neighbours Programme - the Common Good Fund  (updated 25 March, 2017)

NB - you needed to apply by 27 Feb  for 2017 but it would be worth exploring this site later in the year with a view to applying for the 2018 round. But do read their criteria first - download a PDF copy here - to make sure you are eligible.

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.

The grants programme which is part of Near Neighbours is being administered by our partner organisation, Church Urban Fund. Near Neighbours is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government. They will work with those of any faith or none.

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. The first type of project "First Encounters " might apply to OWW events (see below).

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.  

"We consider projects to fall into three broad categories. A project need not fit itself to just one, and we recognise that activities may naturally cover two or all three of the following:

First Encounters that develop new relationships between people of different ethnic and faith communities and encourage the development of mutual understanding – initiatives which begin the process of developing friendship and neighbourliness.
Everyday Interactions that support regular interactions, repeatedly bringing people together and encouraging families and individuals to come together to share life – building flourishing and sustainable friendships and relationships.
Civil Engagement which brings together people from different ethnic and faith communities to work together to change their neighbourhoods for the better – enabling diverse communities to transform their neighbourhoods."

Waitrose - (ongoing - updated 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.

Other Supermarkets (posted 1 Sept 2015)

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


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.










Press Releases


Including You
(August 2016)

Recently Added Resources

New Funding Opportunity - The Common Good Fund - Application Deadline 27 Feb. 2017 see more here

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 ...plus 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)