Hey Neighbour asks neighbourhoods what they need and what ideas might work to improve the wellbeing of the local area.
We believe that by helping communities to develop, people are inspired and encouraged to offer their own resources, time and equipment for carrying out neighbourliness actions in their communities.
The Hey Neighbour grants scheme helps this to happen, supporting both new and existing activity that bring people together. It helps people to share and to connect with each other all the good things that make a healthy community to tick.
In Summer 2023, we granted 24 organisations a total of £20,000 worth of funding between £300 and £1,500.
There will be a further round of funding in 2024.
This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund*
*The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit
We have previously worked with people who have brought neighbourhoods together in a variety of ways;
A neighbourhood establishing a football tournament using both a grass football pitch and tabletop football
100 residents gathered together in community play using the micro grants to fund venue hire, props and costumes
Local streets and gathering together at a community centre for a post lockdown fish and chip supper and film night
Establishing a local knit and sew group that produces decorative knitted items for the community
We believe that approaches and the ideas coming from communities
are more likely to be sustained by the communities.
At Hey Neighbour, a central part of our work is to build with our communities, a campaign that improves mental health during the recovery phase of the pandemic.
Through our community partners we will develop key messages that encourage neighbourliness which are developed from the positive inspiration of neighbourhoods – we start with your ideas, not yours!
‘Hey Neighbour’ wants to be community-focused, community driven and locally based’
‘The campaign should help build and support partnerships and networks’
Due to a very high volume in applications, our small grants and micro grants funding is currently closed