OCF have opened a new round of grant funding to help community organisations tackle the cost of living and build resilience. Applications will open on Friday 9th June and close on Monday 26th June at midday.
The consultation showed that some charities are struggling to survive, let alone thrive. However, we can use urgent needs as a way in to building more resilience, by funding a variety of activity types, and continuing to mobilise the grassroots organisations that communities really trust in times of hardship.
We will launch a second grants round in early summer to alleviate the ongoing cost of living crisis across the county. We are working with local charities and community organisations to help us direct funding where it is most needed. To ensure our funding has impact and targets the current challenges linked to the cost of living, we are running both a survey and an online workshop to consult with the local delivery organisations working directly in our communities.
Summer 2022 saw the launch of our Cost of Living Fund, bringing local funders together to take action on this critical and urgent issue. A large round of grant funding has been distributed – but the crisis is not over, and local charitable organisations still need philanthropic support to continue their life-saving work.
In December 2022 The Cost of Living Fund awarded its first set of grants, totalling £286,165 to 42 local organisations, supporting charitable organisations working to help the most disadvantaged in our county cope with this unprecedented crisis.
We have received 86 applications to our Cost of Living Fund totalling more than £600,000. With the effects of recession looming, can you help us empower grassroots charities supporting people to make ends meet?
The Government is giving every household a £400 rebate on their energy bills from October 2022. If you don’t need your rebate, or if you can afford to contribute more, we urge you to #DonateTheRebate to our Cost of Living Fund.
For some people in Oxfordshire, this winter will bring a stark choice between heating and eating. We are partnering with Oxfordshire County Council to make urgent grants available to charitable organisations already working to tackle the crisis. If you can help, now is the time to step up and give.
We asked our network of charity contacts what the biggest issues are for Oxfordshire communities in the cost-of-living crisis, and what type of activities need funding support. We have used the responses to design a round of funding opening next week.
We will launch a grants round in the autumn/winter to alleviate the cost of living crisis across the county. We are working with local charities and community organisations to help us direct funding where it is most needed.