Festival Spirit volunteers and participants at the Wilderness Festival, outside their specially adapted marquee
Projects we support

We manage a wide range of funds on behalf of donors who wish to support good causes across Oxfordshire. We match available funds to projects that address the needs in the county, often by encouraging or seeking out grant applications from local community groups.

Since OCF was established in 1995, we have awarded grants to benefit around 2,000 local charities and community groups. This allows us to help a hugely diverse range of causes, all with one common purpose: to make Oxfordshire a better place to live by relieving disadvantage and promoting wellbeing.

Our grants help alleviate a wide range of problems across the whole county – addressing inner-city issues such as homelessness in Oxford, to rural deprivation and isolation in areas in and around Banbury, Witney, Henley and Wantage. The graph below shows the distribution of grants made during the last financial year by theme:

Grants awarded by theme 2015-16
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  • “The grant increased morale, encouraged more fundraising and increased activity ranges.”

    Olivia Bloomfield
    Olivia Bloomfield
    The Pump House Project
  • “The support shown by OCF – with trustee Prof. Ann Buchanan gracing the event with her presence – really helped make the event a huge success.”

    Kanta Gopal
    Kanta Gopal
    Oxford Mela
  • “Your grant will boost our fund to the point that we now confidently commission the work.”

    Kay Alty of New Yatt Riding for the Disabled Association, giving a treat to a fleabitten grey horse
    Kay Alty
    New Yatt Riding for the Disabled
  • “It’s so good to think about the bigger picture aside from the week working at the coalface. It keeps me focused about what messages we needed to get across about ourselves as a charity.”

    Alice Walters, Strategic Development Manager at Thrive.org.uk
    Alice Walters
    Strategic Development Manager, Thrive
  • “The overriding aim of LYP is to bring hope for the future to young people, some of whom have given up on expecting anything positive out of life.”

    Richard Colebrook, founder of the Leys Youth Programme
    Richard Colbrook
    Project Leader, Leys Youth Programme
  • “I am constantly astonished how much time and energy and commitment hundreds of people around Oxfordshire give to the community
    every week, often every day of their lives.”

    Tim Stevenson, OCF's president, wearing his Lord Lieutenant's uniform
    Tim Stevenson
    Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire and OCF President
  • “I am incredibly grateful to be part of OCF. The phenomenal support we’ve had has meant we can keep going; reach more vulnerable and distressed people and pay for our magical herd of horses.”

    Jo Corfield of Hopethruhorses
    Jo Corfield
    Founder, Hopethruhorses
  • “Wow! Thank you so much. Please send our thanks to your committee. The grant will make a huge difference to the club including lots of children and parents and to the coaching staff. Absolutely amazing!”

    Lee Wyatt-Buchan
    Lee Wyatt-Buchan
    Wychwood Football Club
  • “OCF have been a pleasure to deal with: efficient, effective, and prompt in their communications, and understanding when problems or delays have impeded our progress, for which we are very grateful. The work they are doing in our county is first-class, reaching into all areas of the community.”

    Helen Johns
    Helen Johns
    Thame Players Theatre Company
  • “A BIG THANK YOU to the community foundation for your support. The valuable work and support the foundation provides to many organisations and groups is fundamental to the delivery of vital services supporting vulnerable families, children , young people… Your support for our project is very much valued and appreciated.”

    Carol Richards on the canal
    Carol Richards
    Children & Families Services Manager at Dovecote Children's Centre
  • “Many thanks indeed. This sum will make a significant difference to the project. We appreciate enormously the support for Falcon from OCF and from Comic Relief. Please pass on our thanks and best wishes to your colleagues.”

    Roger Tritton
    Roger Tritton
    Falcon Rowing and Canoe Club
  • “Personally I would just like to say a massive thank you for your wonderful donation towards our wheelchairs. Without it it would have taken much longer to get this project off the ground. For that I will be eternally grateful for your wonderful support.”

    Keeley Bond
    Keeley Bond
    Faringdon Community College PTA
FEATURED

Eve Women’s Wellbeing Project

Funding from OCF has helped Eve support survivors of domestic abuse in overcoming emotional difficulties and move on to more rewarding times in their lives.

Leys Youth Programme

A grant from OCF has helped Leys Youth provide clubs and vital mentoring for young people in areas of educational under-achievement and social exclusion.

Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine runs projects across Oxfordshire for young people with learning disabilities and autism. In 2014 they received a grant from OCF.