The Obvious Choices
|Name||Usu. Size of Grants||Your income range||Can your running costs be covered too?||Type of project sought||Closing Dates||Weblink|
|Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF) General||£5,000 and under*||Less than £100,000 a year||No||Life skills, education, community cohesion, social justice, health and wellbeing, arts and culture, environment||October||Link|
|Comic Relief Local Communities Programme (via OCF)||£1,000 – £10,000||Any||Yes||Reduction of isolation and disadvantage and access to local services; advancing people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety||October||Link|
|Future Building Fund (OCF)||£10,000 – £75,000||£25,000 – £400,000 a year||Yes||Infrastructure projects that will allow a ‘step-change’ in the way the group operates||November||Link|
|Sovereign ‘Making a Difference’ Fund (via OCF)||£1,000||Any||?||OCF has just launched a new partnership with housing association Sovereign. Through their ‘Making a Difference’ fund they will make grants of up to £1,000 to around 40 community organisations or individuals each year. The applicant’s referee must be a Sovereign resident, and projects can address a range of issues from social isolation to health and wellbeing.||October||Link|
|Cherwell DC||£750||–||?|| Uses GrantNET (mentioned in weblinks below). Community Association Fund.
|Oxford City Council||£10,000 max||?||?||Several other grants programmes – see website.
For example: Community grants for voluntary and community groups
|April (for the community grants; for other funds see website)||Link|
|West Oxfordshire DC||Various||?||?||Community Activities Grant (April) £500
Community Facilities Grant (September) £50,000
|Oxfordshire County Council||n/a||n/a||n/a||No longer offer grants. See advice about contracts (top of this page).||n/a||n/a|
|South Oxon DC||Various||?||?||Grants for voluntary sector organisations:
Communities Capital Grants (September)
|Vale of White Horse DC||Various||Various||No||Capital community grants scheme
“We offer grants to help non-profit organisations, including town or parish councils fund community projects in the district.
Projects can only include capital costs, such as building improvements and extensions (not repairs and maintenance) or purchasing equipment. “
|Esmée Fairbairn||Various||Various||?||Categories for Grants: Arts, Children and Young People, Environment, Social Change, Food.
There is also a social investment fund, and Grants Plus (for organisations with an existing grant who require a little extra help to achieve)
|High Sheriff’s Award||£3,000||n/a||Yes||The High Sheriff’s Community Integration Award has been established to reward and promote new initiatives to foster communityintegration and to build greater common knowledge and understanding between communities in the County.
The award is intended to provide support for projects that foster or encourage integration between different groups in the community and to encourage understanding of differences where that
The award will provide financial support up to a maximum of £3,000 for any individual project or in smaller amounts depending on the requirements of the project.
Financial support provided under the award scheme could be used to pay for any or all of the costs of the project and could include staffing, travel, IT resources, hospitality, room hire, stationery and postage, phone calls and other similar incidental expenditure.
|September||Managed by OCVA|
|RAISE South East (Challenge Fund)||£2,500 – £10,000||–||No||The aim of the Challenge Fund is to stimulate new and bold activity within voluntary and community sector groups, resulting in positive change across the communities they serve. Essentially we want to “unlock” potential in groups or organisations, to support good ideas, aspirational thinking and initiative. The fund will reward the most creative project ideas and the most exciting means of delivery. We want to see innovation, good ideas, creative thinking, resourcefulness and possibly some considered risk taking.||Various||Link|
|The Gannett Foundation||£1,000 – £5,00||–||?||As advertised in The Oxford Times. Education, neighbourhood improvements, economic and youth development, community problem-solving, disadvantaged people groups, conservation and cultural enrichment||September||Link|
|Big Lottery: Awards for All (England)||£300 – £10,000||n/a||Yes||You can apply to Awards for All England if you are a community group, not for profit group, parish or town council, health body, or school. You do not need to be a registered charity to apply. You must have a bank account that requires at least two people to sign each cheque or withdrawal. You must use the grant within one year.
|Big Lottery: Reaching Communities||£10,000 – £500,000||n/a||Yes||We strongly encourage partnerships between the voluntary and community sector and the statutory sector to apply.
(They suggest you talk to your local funding advisor prior to application. In your case, OCVA. Limited one-to-one funding advice is available. Call to arrange.)
|NESTA||£||?||Yes||Several programmes, including:
Investment for Impact
We’re looking for organisations that can show a high potential for social impact, and a business model that can produce a return on our investment.
|Comic Relief Grants||£?||?||?||Check the website during 2016 for updates to the various grants programmes available.||Link|
|Lloyds Bank Foundation||£ includes matched||£25,000 – £1m||?||We only fund charities or charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs) registered with the Charity Commission with at least one year of published accounts covering a twelve month operating period. You must work with people aged 17 and over who are experiencing at least one of the following:
Have been abused or are at risk of abuse
|Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund||£ 300||80 awards in total||?||We are looking to help small, local community projects and community-minded people. From November 17 weeks, we are seeking to award a total of 85 £300 donations to help volunteer groups and people just like you. Give-aways are available during the nomination period. See website for details.||November||Link|
|Yapp Charitable Trust||£ ?||Less than £40,000||Yes – only this||Only for registered charities 3+ years old who work with:
|Funding Network Oxfordshire||£4,000||Less than £500,000||?||A crowdfunding event for small social justice organisations. We have a track record in supporting exciting and emerging charities in Oxford. Selected charities pitch to a friendly audience for £4,000. Please read the Guidance carefully. The deadline for applications is||22nd February.
Pitches given at annual event in May
|Midcounties Co-operative||£2,000||There is no limit now.||In some circumstances.||You must be an individual Midcounties Co-operative member to apply for your group. Your group must be at least 12 months’ old. If you meet Midcounties Co-operative’s social aims you stand a good chance. These are:
||See website for most current dates.||Link|