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.


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. 

Sport England – Tackling Inactivity

Sport England has made two very exciting announcements which mark the start of their new work on tackling inactivity.  They published Tackling Inactivity: A Guide to Sport England’s approach and investment. This document explains their approach to tackling inactivity, and provides some general guidance and support to organisations who are considering applying for funding from them or seeking to work in partnership with them. They also launched the Active Ageing Fund. This launches their nationwide hunt for brilliant ideas to help older people get active. This is the first round of their new dedicated fund as part of their overall plans to tackle inactivity. A share of £10 million of National Lottery funding will be invested in the projects that are most likely to work. They are looking for both new partners and ones they’ve worked with before who are willing to work with them to co-design innovative, different and experimental approaches that put older people at the heart of their work.

We are aware that there are several organisations/partners across the county that would be interested in accessing some of the funding. I am in the process of contacting organisations that may be interested in being involved in an Oxfordshire wide bid and looking to draw together partners for a discussion in early January.

I am hoping to get an idea of whether there are other partners/organisations that are interested in accessing some of the Active Ageing Funding in Oxfordshire. I would therefore be grateful if you could drop me a brief email indicating any intentions/ideas that you or your partners may have at this stage.

I look forward to hearing back from you.  Jenny Shaw JSHAW@oxford.gov.uk


Best Wishes




Jenny Willson (née Shaw)


A few examples of recently completed TOE2 funded projects

Accessing Chinnor: £2,400, Grundon
Nine stiles were replaced by gates during this project. The whole scheme is the beginning of a Chiltern Society initiative which is strongly supported by Chinnor Parish Council to improve access to rights of way in this area. This is in recognition of the fact that Chinnor currently has some of the most neglected and least accessible paths in the South Oxfordshire Chilterns.

Thames Trail Benson to Wallingford path: £5,000, Grundon
This section of the Thames Path is extremely popular and is used daily, being near the centre of Wallingford and a great link for members of the public to Benson, but due to condition of the surface it limits users i.e. pushchairs, mobility vehicles etc, and even people on foot have found it challenging during wetter periods. The path is now much more accessible and is being well used.

Hartslock Nature Reserve: £1,215 S106 funding
BBOWT’s Hartslock nature reserve is a south facing, unimproved, species rich chalk downland hill near Goring. Funding was provided for electric fencing to be set up to enable strip grazing by sheep to prevent grasses outcompeting the rare plants found at this site. Hartslock nature reserve is one of three places in the country to have the Monkey orchid and the only one that has the hybrid of the Monkey and Lady orchid.

Mably Way Wildflower Nature Reserve: £2,000, Grundon
This was an unused, overgrown children’s play area. There has been a huge number of the community involved in this Sustainable Wantage project; scouts, beavers, schools. The new wildflower area is now enjoyed by the whole community.

Applying to TOE2 for environmental grants

Next application deadline 3 Jan 2017

Green Space Project in the Thame area
Funding is available for access and/or biodiversity improvements at a publicly accessible green space in Thame. The project might include creating or improving wildlife habitats, creating or improving access and rights of way, or purchase of land.

Funding of £6,012 is available for a project that fits these criteria, but applications for sums up to about £10,000 may be considered. Please contact us for further information.

Other deadlines are 6 March, 5th June and 4th Sept admin@trustforoxfordshire.org.uk

Win £5K for your charity!

Charity Governance Awards 2017 are open for entry – win £5000!

Entries are now open to the Charity Governance Awards 2017 – the UK awards that recognise and reward good charity governance. The 7 categories focus on impact, board diversity, turnarounds, harnessing risk and new for this year digital. Each category offers a £5000 cash prize. You can enter online for free until 13th January 2017. The winners will be announced at the invite-only free awards ceremony drinks reception on 24th May 2017.


·        Have a great charity board or governance story? Enter the Charity Governance Awards 2017 & win £5000. www.charitygovernanceawards.co.uk #charitygov17

·        Is your charity governance award winning? Enter Charity Governance Awards 2017. Win £5000. Free entry.www.charitygovernanceawards.co.uk #charitygov17

·        Entering the Charity Governance Awards 2017? Hear from the previous winners for inspiration. https://www.charitygovernanceawards.co.uk/winners/ #charitygov17

By shining a spotlight on the best of the sector, the awards will demonstrate how effective governance can transform a charity and even more, the lives of its beneficiaries.

Entry to the awards is free. Each of the seven categories offers a £5000 cash prize.

The award categories are:

  • Board Diversity & Inclusivity
  • Embracing Digital
    Embracing Opportunity & Harnessing Risk
  • Improving Impact – charities with 3 paid staff or fewer (including charities with no paid staff)
  • Improving Impact – charities with 4–25 paid staff
  • Improving Impact – charities with 26 paid staff or more
  • Managing Turnaround

How to enter
You can enter online for free until 23.59 on 13th January 2017. The winners will be announced at the free awards ceremony drinks reception on 24th May 2017. You can follow the conversation via #charitygov17 .

Looking for inspiration for your entry?
Hear from the winners of the 2016 awards in our podcast interviews, with representatives from the winning charities talking about governance at their organisation and what it meant to win an award. You can also read about all the 2016 shortlisted charities.

About the organisers
The Charity Governance Awards are organised by The Clothworkers’ Company– a City Livery company that supports trusteeship initiatives – in partnership with charity think tank and consultancy NPC (New Philanthropy Capital), charity recruitment specialists Prospectus and volunteer matching charity Reach.

Community groups invited to apply for grant funding

Community groups invited to apply for grant funding

Charities and non-profit groups seeking funding for work which improves the quality of life in local communities in Oxford can apply for grants of up to £10,000 from Oxford City Council. The annual open bidding grants programme is open, the closing date is 3rd November 2016
Voluntary and community organisations are invited to apply for a grant for the next financial year starting from 1st April 2017 for projects which tackle social inequality, strengthen communities and protect the natural environment.

The application can be downloaded from Oxford City Council website www.oxford.gov.uk

Oxford City Council: OxLEP Community Grants Programme

Oxford City Council has been awarded the contract by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to deliver the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s (OxLEP) Community Grants Programme.

The programme makes £387,000 available for community projects, to be run in Oxfordshire, to support people facing challenges in getting into work or accessing further learning and training.

OxLEP has identified specific groups who face particular difficulties in accessing the job market. These include those who are homeless, ex-offenders, people with physical disabilities or long term health conditions, single parents and the over 50s.

Local organisations can apply for grants of between £5,000 and £50,000.

Councillor Susan Brown, Board Member for Customer and Corporate Services said: “I would encourage community projects working with people who are not currently employed to apply for grants. The Community Grants Programme is a great opportunity to help you support local people who need help to be able to apply for jobs. It is also an excellent opportunity for Oxford City Council to show once more that we deliver more than our traditional services for the people of Oxford.”

Employment levels in Oxfordshire are high, but there is a significant skills shortage in the county that means many companies struggle to recruit staff. Developments like the new Westgate Centre in Oxford will create more employment opportunities, including many entry level positions.

The OxLEP Community Grants Programme aims to prepare residents so they can access these kinds of jobs.

The first round of funding will focus on people who:

  • are homeless
  • have a recent offending history
  • are recovering from drug and/or alcohol addiction
  • have English as a second language, or
  • are refugees who qualify to work in the UK.

There will be a launch event at Oxford Town Hall on 26 October. It will aim to provide information to organisations interested in bidding and promote opportunities for organisations to work together on bids.

Further funding call are planned for January and March next year and these calls will be marked with events in other parts of the county.

The funding for the OxLEP Community Grants Programme is provided by the European Social Fund (ESF) in partnership with the Skills Funding Agency.

For further information about the programme, details of how to apply or to demonstrate an interest in attending the launch event, please visit www.oxford.gov.uk/esf or call Geoff Foulkes at Oxford City Council on (01865) 252855.

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Transform Foundation: £18,000 Grants To Fund New Websites For Charities

The Transform Foundation (https://www.transformfoundation.org.uk) is a registered charity (Charity Number: 1163503), that has been set up to provide grants to other charities to support investment in digital technologies that help increase their ability to raise funds.

 This year, we have launched our first grant programme, which is providing £18,000 grants to a select number of non-profits to fund the design and build of a new website for them. The Website Grant will include a range of cutting edge tools for engaging with supporters and service users as well as the costs of the strategy, design and training required to get the website up and running.

£18,000 Grants To Fund New Websites For Charities

The Transform Foundation (https://www.transformfoundation.org.uk) has recently launched a new grant programme, which will be providing £18,000 grants to a select number of non-profits, to fund the design and build of a new website for them. The grant will include a range of cutting edge tools for engaging with supporters and service users as well as the costs of the strategy, design and training required to get the website up and running. The grant programme is mostly focused on non-profits with between £0.5m – £20m annual income, although organisations outside of this range are welcome to apply.

You can apply for the grant here: https://www.transformfoundation.org.uk/apply-for-funding

Or discover more information about it on the Transform Foundation website at:


OneFamily Foundation – Community Awards

I’m delighted to announce that the OneFamily Foundation Community Awards are back, and this time they’re bigger and better than ever, with £360,000 of funding available!

We’ve introduced an exciting new category that may be of interest to you, Developing Skills.

This is where a OneFamily customer can nominate a person to receive funding of up to £5,000 to train or learn a new skill that can be taken back into their local community – ideal for anyone who wants to volunteer, but lacks the funding and relevant training.

Visit the OneFamily Foundation website to find out more about the awards, our six categories, or to start a Community Award application.

Glenn Belton Customer Engagement Executive Marketing Department

01273 061266 (Ext. 1266) glenn.belton@onefamily.com

16-17 West Street, Brighton, BN1 2RL