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The Delivering Impact programme provides grants that can be used for core work that is part of your group’s larger objectives.

Amounts available: £1,501–£10,000

Group annual income: Maximum £1 million

Type of cost: Any work that addresses Oxfordshire’s social problems, eg a series of items for a project, or delivery of a programme of work over a year, including core costs

Timescales: Grant to be spent within the next six to 12 months

Next closing date: Poverty and deprivation round, 26th October 2017 at midday

If you are an established community group or charity that is continuing a programme of work to improve people’s lives, or that is starting a new initiative in the next six months, this grants programme is for you. Our Delivering Impact programme helps charities plan for a series of items for a project, or deliver a programme over a period of time.

Note that each closing date in this programme has different priority outcomes. The table below gives more detail. On occasion, this will include priority outcomes determined by funders that we are distributing funds for, such as Comic Relief or The Big Lottery.

If you are looking for a smaller grant for more modest expenses (up to £1,500), please see our Small and Vital Programme. If your group needs more substantial funding to carry out some really aspirational beneficiary work, please talk to us about our new Ambition Programme.

  • We are happy to fund a series of diverse costs, or a single larger cost; we are looking for a clearly planned, itemised budget. You don’t necessarily need to think up a new ‘project’ to apply to this programme – we want to fund strong, established groups carrying out ongoing essential work.
  • In particular, we are interested in impactful work that addresses the unacceptable social problems revealed in our Oxfordshire Uncovered report.

Note that we cannot fund expenses that have already been paid.


You need to complete a comprehensive online application form, and supply specified documentation showing evidence of good governance, as well as an appropriate referee.

Your application will be assessed by our office-based grants team, and you will receive an acknowledgement shortly after the closing date. Our independent panel of volunteers with sector expertise will then review and prioritise all the applications at their next meeting. Successful grants will be paid within 30 days of notification, and your project cannot commence before the award is made.

For this grant programme, we are now piloting a system where we share your grant application, with your permission, with The Good Exchange, an online platform that allows grant-makers to form co-funding partnerships and apply match funding. This should help you access more funds for your work, with minimal extra administration. To find out more about our relationship with The Good Exchange, please read this page.

Dates and timings

There are regular, rolling closing dates throughout the year, and we welcome early submissions. On each occasion there are different priority outcomes, and applications that directly meet these outcomes are much more likely to receive funding. Although you can still apply for projects with different outcomes, these are highly unlikely to be funded. Please call us if you would like to discuss this further.

PLEASE NOTE that each of the rounds below will have a different application form, and each form will only become available after the preceding round has closed. 


Closing date When you will be notified Priority outcomes Preferred beneficiaries
17th July 2017, 12 noon (NOW CLOSED) 8th September 2017 Loneliness and isolation

  • Reduce isolation
  • Improve community cohesion
  • Increase access to services
  • Support vulnerable people
  • Improve health (physical/mental/emotional)
  • Carers
  • Asylum seekers
  • Minorities
  • Disabled people
  • People with learning difficulties
  • Older population
8th September 2017, 12 noon (NOW CLOSED) 27th October 2017 High Sheriff’s Community Integration Award

  • Improve community cohesion
  • Reduce isolation or social exclusion
  • Promote safer communities
  • All
26th October 2017, 12 noon (CURRENT ROUND) 15th December 2017 Poverty and deprivation

  • Improve economic wellbeing
  • Increase employability
  • Increase in beneficiary training, education, accreditation and employment
  • Increase qualifications and skills
  • Support vulnerable people
  • Improve health (physical/mental/emotional)
  • Homeless people
  • Refugees/asylum seekers
  • NEETS (Not in Education, Employment or Training)
  • Disadvantaged/low income
  • Ex-offenders and prisoners
  • Long term unemployed
  • People with learning difficulties
10th January 2018, 12 noon 8th March 2018 Children and families

  • TBC
  • TBC


Please note that before you start your application, you MUST download and read the full eligibility criteria from the bottom of this page.

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