With the opening of our Education and Skills grants round this week, OCF is continuing to adopt a more intelligent and granular approach to grant-making. The round’s priorities are informed by needs and trends data provided by OCSI’s Local Insight tool.
OCF’s much-loved trustee Jane Wates OBE steps down from the Board, having supported the community foundation consistently for the large part of our history. We are delighted that Jane has agreed to become a patron of OCF.
A new guide published by UK Community Foundations outlines a simple service for Local Authorities to unlock the potential of inactive assets that they may be currently managing, for the benefit of their communities.
On Thursday 21st June, over 30 people from Oxfordshire’s charitable funding organisations got together to discuss priority areas for funding, and find out how new technological advances could help make the funding process more efficient.
OCF is at the heart of a new Banbury partnership that has received seed funding from the Placed Based Social Action programme, initiated by the Big Lottery Fund and Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).
On Monday donors to OCF’s Step Change Fund gathered to hear about the progress of our flagship grants programme, which in 2017/18 made £252,000 in investments that boost the operational management of Oxfordshire’s leading small charities.
On Tuesday the Evans family remembered their daughter and sister Maggie, who took her own life ten years ago, aged 29. The annual Maggie’s Day event is a celebration of the power of the arts, and this year was no exception, with Joseph Coelho showing children how easy it can be to express yourself through poetry.
At a ceremony at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday, local businessman Richard Venables was sworn in as the 2018-19 High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, replacing Jane Cranston. During his year he will run a series of sporting challenges for businesses.
OCF is seeking donations to its High Sheriff’s Community Integration fund, which brings together people from different backgrounds, builds mutual understanding and encourages a sense of belonging to the wider community.
The High Sheriff congratulated 12 different charities and local groups at OCF’s Community Integration Awards last night. The event was a vibrant celebration of different communities coming together.