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British Red Cross – Ukrainian Support Fund

These grants are targeted at Oxfordshire-based charities and community organisations that are supporting Ukrainian refugees living in the area. Application is by invitation only.

Amounts available: £600–£6,000

Group annual income: No limit

Type of cost: Preparing support for people arriving from Ukraine; delivering services in direct support of arrivals from Ukraine; helping Ukrainians integrate into their new communities in Oxfordshire

Timescales: Grant to be spent by 31st October 2023

Closing date: 17th January 2023 at midday


The British Red Cross (BRC) aims to meet immediate needs at times of disaster quickly and decisively, whilst being equally committed to helping communities address their persistent vulnerabilities, particularly by preparing for and mitigating, as well as recovering from, disasters.

Following the huge response from the public to a fundraising campaign to support Ukraine, the British Red Cross have established a £1,000,000 fund to support local VCS organisations directly supporting arrivals from Ukraine, and local infrastructure organisations to develop the capacity to prepare coordinate and enable the successful integration of Ukrainians displaced by the current conflict. The National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) has received £400,000 for infrastructure building, and the remaining £600,000 will be donated to community foundations across the UK for funding frontline activities.


Organisations carrying out the following activities will be considered for funding:

  • Preparing support for people arriving from Ukraine
  • Delivering services in direct support of arrivals from Ukraine
  • Helping Ukrainians integrate into their new communities in Oxfordshire.

We can cover ongoing running costs, project costs or promotional costs. Funds cannot be awarded to cover costs already paid for.

Group criteria

  • No income criteria
  • Status: charity / CIO / registered company with charitable status / social enterprise / community group
  • Bank account signatories and bank statement copy required
  • Accounts (audited) required; must be most recent financial year – if not yet available you should submit management accounts or income/expenditure document
  • Minimum one year of operation: if constituted for less than one year but have been active for longer please demonstrate activity
  • Reserves: minimum of three months running costs; explain why if more than 12 months (consideration for use of reserves post pandemic to be made)
  • Applications will be assessed against OCF’s general eligibility criteria

Project criteria

  • The beneficiaries must be people (not one individual) – not animals and not environment e.g. trees
  • We will fund ongoing running costs
  • We will fund one-off events or a programme of events
  • Number of people participating will be considered (proportional funding)
  • Project budget: itemised, well costed, indicating where other funds have been secured if appropriate
  • Project must be completed by 31st October 2023

Please read the general eligibility criteria at the bottom of this page, which give an overview of the criteria for all our grants programmes. The online application form will require you to 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. Successful grants will be paid within 30 days of notification, and your project cannot commence before the award is made.

Final reporting will be due by the end of October 2023, including at least one case study with a few lines on impact, a photograph and where possible a quote.

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