Applications sought for the High Sheriff’s Community Intergration Awards

OCF is currently seeking applications to the High Sheriff’s Community Integration Awards. The awards are grants of up to £5,000, given for work that brings together diverse communities of people. In addition to the grant, successful projects will be recognised at an annual awards ceremony hosted by the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire. The closing date is Friday 8th September at midday.

The High Sheriff’s Community Integration Award is a grants round within Oxfordshire Community Foundation’s Delivering Impact programme. Grants are offered for initiatives that bring together communities usually divided by ethnicity, age or social background.

Read the full eligibility criteria on our website

We would like to encourage new groups or collectives to apply to this grants round, even if you have never applied to OCF before. Along with OCVA, we are happy to work with you to help you complete the grant application form and collect the necessary documents.

If you are a larger, established charity, please do also pass this opportunity on to smaller local social or community groups in your networks. We are keen to reach new communities with this funding.

We would encourage eligible groups to start an online application to this fund ASAP. You can apply here.

 

Annette Ahern Office Admin and Governance 01865 798666

Calling all volunteers – Community Awards funding available this June!

Calling all volunteers – Community Awards funding available this June!

If you volunteer or work with a local cause that’s looking for a much needed funding boost for a specific project or scheme, then you’re in luck – the OneFamily Foundation Community Awards return on the 21st June!

Projects, schemes or initiatives that aim to improve the lives of people in the UK have the chance to gain up to £5,000, £10,000 or £25,000, with up to 32 winners across four varied categories:

· Health, Disability & Social Care – Projects that help people with mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities or those in respite care
· Lifelong Learning – Projects that encourage people of all ages to learn something new and develop their skills
· Active Living – Projects that help people of all ages to enjoy a fitter, happier lifestyle
· Community Groups – Projects that help to make a positive difference for those in the community

You’ll need to be an OneFamily customer to nominate a project for a Community Award, but don’t worry if you’re not – OneFamily has over 2 million customers, so you can get involved by finding a one who can nominate a project on your behalf.

Ask your friends, family and colleagues if they are OneFamily customers and if they’d be able to get behind your project.

Download this free toolkit to help with your nomination – Tips for completing your Community Award nomination.

You can learn more about the Community Awards, or start your project nomination from 21st June 2017, on the OneFamily Foundation website.

Terms and conditions apply.

Give your community a funding boost!

Give your community a funding boost!

At midday on Wednesday 21st June 2017, the OneFamily Foundation will open the Community Awards for local schemes, projects and initiatives to gain funding of up to £25,000.

If you know, volunteer or work with a local project that’s trying to do something amazing for the people in your community, now’s your chance to give it a financial boost.

Who can apply?

You’ll need to be an OneFamily customer to nominate a project for a Community Award, but don’t worry if you’re not – OneFamily has over 2 million customers, so you can get involved by finding a one who can nominate a project on your behalf.

Ask your friends, family and colleagues if they are customers and if they’d be able to get behind your project.

Nominating a project (21st June – 19th July 2017)

Each project can apply for one of three funding levels:

· Up to £5,000
· Up to £10,000
· Up to £25,000.

The project will also have to choose from one of the following categories: · Health, Disability & Social Care – Projects that help people with mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities or those in respite care · Lifelong Learning – Projects that encourage people of all ages to learn something new and develop their skills · Active Living – Projects that help people of all ages to enjoy a fitter, happier lifestyle · Community Groups – Projects that help to make a positive difference for those in the community

You’ll be able to nominate a project from midday 21st June 2017 on the Community Awards website.

All projects must be based in the UK.

The OneFamily Foundation has also provided a guide to help you making your project nomination. Take a look.

The public vote (9th August – 6th September 2017)

The winners in each category, per funding level, will be determined by a public vote, with those projects with the most votes claiming funding.

All winners will be announced on Wednesday 20th September 2017, with up to 32 projects gaining funding!

Key dates 2017

· Nominations open (21st June 2017, midday)
· Nominations close (19th July 2017, midday)
· Voting opens (9th August 2017, midday)
· Voting closes (6th September 2017, midday)
· Winners announced (20th September 2017)

You can learn more about the Community Awards, or make your project nomination from 21st June, on the OneFamily Foundation website.

Terms and conditions apply.

BIG LUNCH – £50.00 mini-grants

Residents in the Leys encouraged to run a “Big Lunch” over the summer, with the release of five £50 mini-grants

The Leys looks set to celebrate community, with a Big Lunch planned at The Barn in Greater Leys on Saturday 9th September 2017. What’s more, over the summer, up to five groups of residents in the Leys could scoop a £50 mini-grant to organise a Big Lunch in their street.

The Big Lunch is the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours. Launched in 2009, 2017 will be the ninth year. An incredible 7.3 million people joined the Big Lunch in 2016. This year will be bigger than ever, as it partners with the Big Iftar and the Jo Cox Foundation for The Great Get Together. The official weekend for this is 16th to 18th June 2017.

The Big Lunch sees people throughout the country set up bring-and-share lunches and forge stronger bonds with their friends and neighbours.

The Leys held a Big Lunch in 2015 but this did not return in 2016 because the Oxford City Council officer that originally set it up left her post.

This year, thanks to Good Food Oxford and funding from Oxford City Council, the annual event is set to return to The Leys.

Hannah Fenton, Manager of Good Food Oxford says, “The Big Lunch is a wonderful way to get over our usual shyness and reserve and get to know our neighbours over some shared food. The event on Saturday 9th September will be a chance for everyone in The Leys to get together, and anyone who brings food to share will be entered into the raffle.”

“But we noticed that people actually wanted to meet their immediate next-door neighbours, and that is why we’re offering five £50 mini-grants for groups of neighbours to spend on supplies, to run their own Big Lunch on their street. We can also help with practical things like closing the street for the day.”

“You could run a Big Lunch, a Big Iftar, or a Great Get Together – and it can be at any time over the summer. The idea is just to meet your neighbours, share some food, and hopefully have a good time.”

Groups can apply for a £50 mini-grant at any time before 1st September 2017, and grants will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups should apply by email to hannah.fenton@goodfoodoxford.org

Big Lunch grants 2017

Tesco Bags of Help Funding Changes

The funding scheme is now open to any type of project as long as its completed within a 12month period. This can be equipment, building improvements, community events, training session, etc. The number of regions has now increased to allow more groups to access funding. Funding is now granted to 3 groups every 2 months as oppose to every month, and the maximum amount to apply for is now £4000.

 How does Bags of Help work?

Bags of Help is now is always open for applications from charities and community organisations funded by the 5p Bags purchased by customers.

Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. In areas where application numbers are high, Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote.

Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.

Who is eligible to apply?

Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers.

This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other types of organisations that will be funded.

Project Funded by Bags of Help

The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project, this could range from:

  • Purchasing items which will benefit local community groups such as sports kit, sewing machines, specialized medical equipment, art and crafts materials, spades, litter pickers, camping equipment.
  • Improvements to a building that benefits the local community such as a Scout or Guide hut, church or village hall, changing facilities for sports.
  • Developing an outdoor space play area, allotment, park, school grounds, woodland or wildlife area.
  • Running a community event or activity such as fun runs, village fete, clean-up day, tree planting, bird watch.
  • Supporting seasonal activities such as purchasing new Christmas lights, supporting a Christmas meal for the homeless or a Diwali celebration event for the community etc.
  • Training sessions for community groups and the community e.g. skills training, accredited qualifications,

Bags of Help can fund 100% of your project costs so you do not have to have any match funding. However, if you secured additional funding, there is no limit to what this amount can be and any funding awarded by Bags of Help can form part of your wider project costs.

https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme/pages/Category/boh-grant-for-project-tes

City Funding Fair – Filling up fast

City Funding Fair

We are delighted to announce a City Funding Fair.  This will take place on Tuesday 28th March 2017 from 11.00am to 2.00pm at The Asian Cultural Centre, Manzil Way, Cowley Oxford, OX4 1GH.  This event is aimed at voluntary and community organisations and groups who work across, or deliver services in the City.

This free one day event is organised jointly by OCVA and Oxford City Council and will give you the opportunity to:

  • Meet funders and other support organisations
  • Carry out funding searches and
  • Receive funding advice.

Tea and Coffee will be provided

Please note the event is filling up fast, so don’t delay registering.
To register please go to https://ocva.org.uk/oxford-city-funding-fair-2017/

Come with an idea of the kind of your funding requirements.