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The Richard Bonney Community Harmony and Research Grants


The Richard Bonney Literary Fund now seeks applications from small community organisations or local project groups working in practical ways to improve interfaith or multicultural relationships in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Awards will be made to organisations or groups whose aims are in line with this Fund’s objectives – broadly speaking, to build bridges and increase understanding between people of different faiths and ethnic backgrounds.  Successful applicants will have to demonstrate previous success in achieving these aims.

The Fund will normally make one Award annually, of up to £500, to assist community organisations or project groups to continue their work or to complete a project already underway. However, it may choose to make several smaller Awards, depending on the number and quality of applications.

The Award may be used, for example, to help fund activities including outings, to train volunteers, for room hire, for exhibitions or for social events.  However, it is vital that the Award is used to bring people from different faith or ethnic communities together.

It is intended to keep the application process as simple as possible by inviting applicants to outline by letter their aims and the practical steps they intend to take to bring their project to completion, accompanied by an outline budget and the names of 2 referees.  A short report will be required at the end of the project to show the difference it has made.

This round of funding opens on 1 February 2020 and will close on 1 May 2020.  For further details about The Richard Bonney Literary Fund please see:


The Richard Bonney Literary Fund provides small grants for researchers in the fields of racial and/or religious harmony in multi-faith and multicultural societies – subjects which were of great importance to the late Emeritus Professor Richard Bonney of the University of Leicester.

The objective of the Fund is to facilitate and promote research and to disseminate knowledge in this area for the public benefit.

It is open to applications from early-career researchers both here in Britain and also from all parts of the world, wherever work in these cross-disciplinary fields is being carried out.

The Fund will normally make one grant annually, of no more than £500, depending on the number and quality of applications. The grants are intended to help with the costs of publishing, research visits, attending conferences or seminars.

This current round of funding opened on 1 February 2020.  We encourage applications from researchers in one or more of the following areas, although we will consider any applications relevant to the overall purpose of the Fund:

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