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. The Co-Operative Society - (updated 1 Sept. 2015)

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.)

2. Church Urban Fund : The Near Neighbours Fund  (updated 1 Sept 2015)

The Near Neighbours Fund is targeted at creating additional relationships in local communities across boundaries by enabling opportunities for deeper levels of communication and understanding in local neighbourhoods.

This is a rolling programme with no deadlines but it is due to run until March 2016. They will invest in environmental, social, cultural, artistic and sporting ideas but they need to fulfill certain criteria. See Manual here

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 together people of different faiths and of no faiths 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 - see whether you are in an eligible area.

3. Church Urban Fund: The Together Grant programme  (posted 1 Sept 2015)

Provides small grants of up to £5,000 for faith based organisations to engage in social action, by supporting them to initiate or develop community work. Some of you (in England only) may be eligible -  Check it out here  and the Together Grants Manual  here


4. Community Development Foundation – updated 1 Sept. 2015

You can find up to date guidance here about how to look for funding for community activities and links to funding websites


5. Waitrose (ongoing - updated 1 Sept 2015)

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


The Action Begins
(October 2015)

Recently Added Resources

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

Worship resources relating to Migration and refugees from Cafod, Christian Aid and the URC, including videos and a half hour film - see them 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)

Global Education resources for Muslim Schools from MADE - more details here (added 7 Dec. 2015)

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)

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

Finding images for exhibitions, posters, activities, teaching - some useful guidance from Think Global - see links here or go to Global Dimensions website here (6 Nov. 2015)

Teaching resources for KS1 and children's activities (5 - 7 year olds) from Traidcraft -  here (8 Oct 2015)

Quotations about Hope in Action (includes: hope; economic inequality; gender equality and an inte faith section about inequality.Down load as a word.doc from the Discussion resources page here (8 Oct. 2015) 

Pledges to Inspire Action -plus suggestions for use at events. (word.doc) (7 Sept 2015)

Worship resources  to support Traidcraft's Justice campaign on Faith Resources page. (7 Oct. 2015)

New children's resources from Christian Aid for OWW 'Hope in Action' : School Assemblies (primary and secondary) here;  Children in Church here. (7 Oct. 2015)

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

Christian Worship Anthology- Hope in Action available to download as pdf or in a word version you can edit (15 Sept. 2015)

The Funding Opportunities page has been updated  (1 Sept. 2015)

New teaching resources on Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 10: "Reducing Inequalities" -  from 'Think Global'  (issued 29 Aug. 2015)

Press Release Template for publicising your event 2015 (word.doc) (issued 14 Aug. 2015)

2015 leaflets available to download & print


2015 -Suggestions and resources for interpreting the theme, Hope in Action. Download a pdf version OR a word.docx version

Resource leaflets "Finding out more about ethical investment: website links" (Word .docx) (contributed byPhilip Hayllar, Portsmouth OWW Oct 2014)

wordsearch:'The world we want'. Download and print the search and answers (two  (Oct. 2014)

 A worship resource from CAFOD - Call of Creation - A PowerPoint for  reflection (added 25 September 2014)   

Pledges to help you "Aspire be more" word.doc (added 1 Oct 2013)

OWW Guide and links to other websites for resources relevant to environmental issues (updated Sept 2013)- (word doc)

A video to trigger ideas to help you start planning your OWW events