Name Usu. Size of Grants Your income range Can your running costs be covered too? Type of project sought Closing Dates Weblink
Heritage Lottery Fund: Landscape Grants £100,000 – £3m ? Yes The nine HLF outcomes apply to this grant 1st June Link
Heritage Lottery Fund: Parks for People £100,000 – £5m ? Yes Helps to conserve the heritage that makes both historic parks and cemeteries special. And it gives local people a say in how they are managed in the future. Projects improve people’s wellbeing and knowledge of their area, and make communities better places to live, work and visit. Ongoing Link
Oxford City Council Business Rates Discount Scheme £discretionary n/a Yes See website. (Historic Building Grants also available.) Ongoing Link
Naturesave Trust £Not stated n/a Yes See website. Ongoing Link
Gulbenkian Foundation £10,000 – £30,000 ? ? To bring about long-term improvements in wellbeing, particularly for the most vulnerable, by creating connections across boundaries (national borders, communities, disciplines and sectors) which deliver social, cultural and environmental value. Yearly Link
Nationwide Foundation £? ? ? The Foundation makes grants and programme related (social) investments in the following areas:

  • Bringing empty properties back into use as homes for people in need
  • Improving the living conditions of tenants in private rented sector homes
  • Providing more affordable homes via alternative housing models which have the potential to scale.
? Link
TOE2 £5,000 – £10,000 ? ? TOE2: The Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE2) funds environmental projects and welcomes applications from across the county. Our three main areas of funding are biodiversity, access and energy efficiency.

Grants of £330 towards the £660 cost of a community building energy audit. The audits involve a site visit from EiE, whose staff will provide you with a report detailing the best ways to improve the energy efficiency of your community building and where financial and carbon savings can be made.

Audited buildings may apply to TOE2’s general grant fund for a grant of up to £5,000 towards implementing the audit’s key recommendations. Audits are also viewed positively by other grant funders.

Funding for biodiversity enhancements in Thame and the Vale District

This funding has been provided by South Oxfordshire District Council and the Vale of White Horse District Council for biodiversity enhancements. TOE2 is inviting applications from local not-for-profit organisations involved with projects on sites with public access and benefiting the local community.

Project call 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 £5,532 is available specifically for a project that fits these criteria, but applications for larger sums up to about £10,000 may also be considered.

Project call in the Vale District – We are seeking applications from local organisations seeking to carry out improvements to benefit wildlife species or habitats or create new wildlife habitats at a new or existing orchard. The project could involve the creation of a wildflower meadow within an orchard setting or the creation of a new community orchard.

Funding of £2,237 is available specifically for a project that fits these criteria, but applications for larger sums may also be considered.

Third party funding If you are applying for a grant from the Landfill Communities Fund, TOE2 may be able to provide the third party funding to support your application. Please contact us for further details.

TOE2 General environmental grant scheme

TOE2 invites applications for projects that;

  • Promote and improve biodiversity
  • Support Oxfordshire’s Low Carbon Agenda through encouraging energy efficiency and the sustainable use of renewable resources in community facilities
  • Improve access to green spaces and the countryside

The next deadline for applications to our environmental grant scheme is the 11 January 2016.

Most grants are up to £5,000 but some exceptional projects are awarded up to £10,000.

Thanks to Grundon Waste Management and Oxfordshire County Council for supporting the TOE2 grant scheme.

Ongoing Link
LEADER £1.55m (total) ? ? If you are a farmer, forester, small or micro rural business, or part of a community group, and you have an idea that will create jobs and boost our local economy then Oxfordshire LEADER would love to hear from you. Your project will need to fit into one or more of our four themes: growing, selling and eating more local food; vibrant villages; reviving the River Thames and associated waterways; or unlocking the potential of our woodlands. Most people can apply for LEADER funding, but they – or their project – must be in a LEADER area. Ongoing Link
Tesco Community Scheme Two lots of £8,000, two lots of £10,000 and two of £12,000 for 2016 and also for 2017 Not specified Unknown For any constituted group, registered charity, councils and schools to apply for to improve green spaces in their area. March/April 2016 and again (twice) in 2017. Link
Viridor Credits £20,000 to £100,000 ? ? Community, Heritage and Biodiversity ? Link
Cotswolds LEADER Programme £50,000 ? ? LEADER funding in the Cotswolds
focused on supporting farmers, foresters, and
small rural businesses, enabling them to realise sustainable productivity and
growth potential, including further strengthening their competitiveness and
position in the market.
? Link
or cotswoldsleader AT
The Clothworkers Foundation unknown £15m for the main grants, less than £250,000
for the small grants
Only this We fund capital projects for UK
registered charities. This includes buildings, equipment, and vehicles.
Ongoing Link
Sanctuary Housing Grand Ideas £1,000 Unknown Unknown Themes include:

Community safety and infrastructure

Projects which ensure that our communities are safe places to live and are
equipped with the infrastructure they need to shape their aims and
aspirations. For example, bringing the community together to increase their
sense of safety.


Projects which make our neighbourhoods greener and cleaner places to live
and to assist our residents to live more sustainable lifestyles. For example,
supporting people to get involved in improving green spaces.

Until March 2017 Link
Nationwide Foundation Not stated Unknown Unknown We provide funding to charitable organisations
in the form of grants or social investments for work that includes the
research, development, piloting and scaling up of alternative affordable
housing models. Models may address: increasing the availability of social
housing; creating new routes to affordable home ownership; or devising new
ways to provide decent, affordable housing to rent or buy.
No closing date Link or Gary Hartin, Programme Manager gary.hartin AT
Pothecary Wytham Weld: The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation Up to £10,000 (information may be out of date) Small (mainly voluntary) organisations Unknown
  • Education (organic farming, animal husbandry, veterinary science, animal
    welfare and animal surgery)
  • The preservation of buildings of architectural or historical
  • The accommodation of those in
January, April, July and October Link
The Prince’s Countryside Fund Up to £50,000 Unknown Unknown We seek applications to support
activity that results in a long-term positive impact on rural communities by
helping the people that live and work in the countryside. Our grant programme
currently aims to tackle the following key rural issues:Developing thriving rural communities by improving service provision in
rural areas.
Transforming rural livelihoods by supporting rural enterprise and farming
Creating the farmers of the future by providing training opportunities
for young people and unemployed people.
Twice per year Link
The Ashden Awards Up to £30,000 Unknown no Ashden champions and supports
sustainable energy leaders to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon
Yearly Link
Biffa Awards (Two Schemes) Small Grants Scheme (SGS) offers grants
between £250 and £10,000; the Main Grant Scheme (MGS) offers grants between
£10,000 and £50,000.
Unknown Unknown Biodiversity, community
buildings, cutural facilities and recreation
Ongoing Link
Cobb Charity Unknown Small Unknown Grants to encourage the awareness and
application of environmental care and sustainability. Smaller up & coming
Unknown Link
Forestry Commission Various Unknown Unknown A list of grants for forestry
and woodlands
Unknown Link
Green Grants Machine Unknown Unknown Unknown A website listing grants for
organisations specifically to help them fulfil low-carbon operations
Unknown Link
More than a pub: The Community Pub Business Support Programme £150,000 – £75,000 Not applicable Unknown Support will be targeted at community groups looking to take on ownership of their local pub. As valuable community assets, support will enable groups to deliver and evidence significant social benefits and impact. Unknown Link