Community Resilience Fund Overview

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.

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OCF webinars

Every fortnight OCF is hosting a Zoom webinar that brings together donors, partners, charities and community groups responding to the crisis. We invite charity leaders to present a case study on the work enabled by the Community Resilience Fund, and chair discussions about topics relating to the legacy of COVID-19.

A recording of the latest webinar is available on this page. You can view full recordings of past webinars on our YouTube page, together with shorter edits of the speakers.

Details of forthcoming webinars are published on our events page when they are confirmed.

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Community Resilience Fund FAQs

General Queries

Where can I find advice about managing volunteers during the crisis? For advice on safeguarding, health and safety, governance and more, we recommend having a look at the resources on the newly created Oxfordshire All In website. Support and advice are also available from Oxford Together, a coordinated response being organised by Oxford Hub.
Can furloughed staff volunteer for another charity? Yes. This can be done on an informal basis and should not be mandated by the employer. This is discussed in detail in this webinar from 11:30. There are groups springing up where furloughed charity staff are offering to volunteer, such as Furlough Go.
Are DBS checks transferrable between the organisation that obtained it and the new voluntary group or charity? According to Government guidance, if someone has a check from their current or previous role with children or adults, then new voluntary groups can make a practical decision about accepting this for their new role. Although ordinarily a check for a role with children would not be sufficient for working with adults, groups may consider this is a reasonably safe thing to do, based on the information on the check and the surrounding circumstances.
Can OCF help us identify where areas of particular need will be? Yes – we are developing several tools that use data mapping to provide this information, and they will be published in the next few weeks. Watch this space!
What other sources of emergency funding are available? OCF is keeping a list of further sources of funding on our website here. Please let us know if you hear of any we should add. Note that some funders are freezing their usual grant-making and instead contributing to the National Emergencies Trust response, which is being distributed nationally via community foundations, including OCF in Oxfordshire.
How will local charities access the Government’s £750 million fund for charities that was announced on 8th April? A portion of this funding will be granted directly from Government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. The balance of the funding is being made available via existing grant-making bodies such as the National Lottery, and the National Emergencies Trust. Funds from the latter are being distributed in Oxfordshire by OCF. Please refer to the Government website for the latest information.
What are the tech and security implications for charities due to working virtually? Graham Ingram, Chief Information Security Officer at the University of Oxford, has given a webinar for OCF and our charity partners on this subject. You can watch it  and get links to key resources here.
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