Coronavirus - our response

In these extraordinary times, OCF’s priority has been to act swiftly yet responsibly to ensure the support, sustainability and development of Oxfordshire’s community infrastructure. 

In March 2020, we established the Community Resilience Fund, a dedicated fund to support the community sector to respond better and recover stronger, thanks in large part to a strong base of generous donations from the National Emergencies Trust and the Indigo Trust, as well as from many of our regular supporters.

More information can be found in our Journal of a Pandemic Year report.

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Respond better phase

In the first two weeks of the pandemic we were able to distribute over £100,000 in emergency grants to charities at the frontline of the crisis, and supported many organisations with their core costs to avoid them having to close. As COVID-19 reached its first peak in the UK, OCF was averaging around £50,000 in grants made every week, and we have now given out over £619,000 in total so far for the ‘respond better’ phase, and over £392,000 for recovery, totalling over £1 million. A report listing all grants made so far can be downloaded below.

Please see our grants overview page for the latest details of any open rounds from our Community Resilience Fund for 2021, plus other grant programmes and funding available.  

Recover stronger phase

We are acutely conscious that the COVID-19 situation is far from over: as schools begin to assess the effects of lockdown on the most disadvantaged children, businesses are forced to make staff redundant, and homeless people are moved out of temporary accommodation, we are concerned that a deep, far-reaching and destructive socio-economic crisis is on the horizon. We are also conscious of the impact of further waves of infections, which may require different funding support.

This is why our trustees believe that OCF has a responsibility to plan and budget for the coming months and years, ensuring long-term stability rather than spending all available funds immediately. We have therefore earmarked a portion of the funds raised for further ‘recover stronger’ grants, and are already working with charity partners to make investments over the coming year that nurture a sustainable community response.

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OCF webinars

Every month OCF hosts a webinar that brings together donors, partners, charities and community groups and looks at hot topics affecting communities in the context of COVID-19. This includes presentations from subject-matter experts, a view from a community group, and the perspective of other supporters or funders.

More details of the schedule, links to recordings of past webinars and information about how to register can be found here.

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