FUNDING: Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Anti-Bullying Fund, and more

Anti- Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Bullying Fund 2016-2019 
The Government has committed up to £2.8 million for a new “anti-homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying fund” programme to help prevent and respond to HBT bullying across primary and secondary schools in England. The fund will run over three years from September 2016 to 31 March 2019. If you are thinking of bidding for this please let Angela Cristofoli (Business Development) know. More >
Celebrate – England
The Big Lottery Fund has announced a new £5m grant programme for communities across the UK to celebrate what makes their local place great. They are offering grants of between £300 and £10,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community. You could celebrate something from your community’s history or a local hero. Or maybe it could a chance to bring people together to get to know their neighbours better. Applications are assessed on a first come, first served basis until all funds are awarded. More >
Henry Smith’s Charity – Outings for young people
Applications can be made for grants towards holidays or outings within the UK for children aged 13 and under who are from areas of high deprivation, are experiencing disadvantage, or those who have a disability. Deadline is 22 July. More >


Barracks Lane Community Garden is a charity run by volunteers and a member of OCVA.    The garden project uses paid contractors for a range of services from specific gardening tasks to running workshops and facilitating community events. Examples of some of the contracts which will be offered in 2016 can be found on our website in the resources section.
More information: Barracks Lane Community Garden_2016

ALERT: Contract Hub: The Provision of a Wellbeing & Employment Support Service

OCVA would like to hear from any Oxfordshire non-profit group who has already started preparing a bid, has made a bid, or is thinking of bidding for the following contract offer:

The Provision of a Wellbeing and Employment Support Service
CPU 1672

Estimated value £2,100,000.00
Provider: Oxfordshire County Council

Deadline: 30th September

If this applies to you, please email james.plunket AT (replace the AT with an ‘@’).

Description: This project relates to a Wellbeing and Employment Support Service supporting people with a range of disabilities to live a productive life, with minimal dependence on services, by enabling them to access informal community support and friendships, start volunteering, and get paid work. The Service will be universally available to all adults resident in Oxfordshire who are: • People with learning disabilities • People with autism • People with physical disabilities • including people with a sensory impairment. The Service will be delivered to service users in a variety of community settings across the county. The Service will deliver outcomes that: • Enable people to make healthy choices around their lifestyle • Enable people to participate in sports and physical activity • Enable people to participate in social activity and friendships • Enable people to move into and maintain open volunteering • Enable people to move into and maintain open employment There will be a Phased service mobilisation and implementation as set out below: 1 January 2016 – Transfer in Employment Support Service for: People with learning disabilities – currently provided by Mencap. This service supports around 150 people a year, and People with autism – currently provided by Oxfordshire Employment Service. This service supports around 40 people a year 1 April 2016 – Transfer in Wellbeing Support Service for adults with physical disabilities currently provided by Enrych – this service supports around 100 people a year Important note to providers wishing to develop partnering or sub-contracting arrangements If you would like to develop a Consortium Partnership or a Sub-Contracting arrangement, then upon request by you, the Council will circulate your details to other providers to enable partnerships to develop during the tender phase. If you would like your details to be distributed, please contact Mark Jermy, Strategic Procurement Officer at or telephone 01865 323672.