In these extraordinary times OCF’s priority was to act swiftly yet responsibly to ensure the support, sustainability and development of Oxfordshire’s community infrastructure.
The Community Resilience Fund opened for applications at the start of April, having quickly established a strong base of generous donations from the National Emergencies Trust and the Indigo Trust. Within two weeks we had distributed 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 the pandemic reached its peak in the UK, OCF was averaging around £50,000 in grants made every week.
As the lockdown started to ease, we received fewer applications, with many charities and community groups finding ways to respond better to the initial crisis.
We have now closed applications to our Community Resilience Fund. 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 are already working with charity partners to plan investments over the next few months that nurture a sustainable community response.
You can read our final report here – listing over £1/2 million of grants we have given as part of the Community Resilience Fund.