The Future-Building Fund takes a ground-breaking approach to supporting the local charitable sector, providing large grants to help ambitious charities significantly scale up their operation. The fund has recently awarded grants to Trax and Yellow Submarine, with more in the pipeline.
Annual festival Folk Weekend: Oxford will be held on 17th-19th April 2015, and holds events throughout the city centre. This year, funding from OCF will help them include a Makaton project in the event, aimed at people with communication difficulties.
Steeple Aston’s seniors group The Valentine Club has received a metaphorical red rose from OCF, as they are awarded a £1,000 grant from the Surviving Winter appeal to help them share friendship and activities for rural over-60s.
Community groups in Oxfordshire now have the chance to apply for Comic Relief funding via OCF, with new online forms now available for this and other funds. This grants round will be open on a one-off basis for 2015, and will close on Monday 23rd February, so groups only have three weeks to apply.
OCF staff meet many inspiring people working at the heart of their community, accompanied by a beautiful banner supplied by friends at Dijon Designs!
Unique activity network Generation Games provides fitness classes and information to make Oxfordshire’s elderly population happier and healthier.
We were delighted to learn that John Lubbock, artistic director of the Orchestra of St John’s, has received an OBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has praised the role of community foundations in creating an inclusive capitalism, as OCF-funded charity My Life My Choice starts a new campaign asking for tolerance and inclusion.
Social enterprise Yellow Submarine use OCF grant to fund apprenticeships for learning disabled young people. Yellow Submarine applied for and was awarded a grant from the Oxfordshire Community Foundation that is directly helping to fund the apprenticeships.
Oxfordshire Community Foundation awarded One-Eighty a grant at the end of 2013 to help with Kick Start, a special project aiming to strengthen relationships between pupils who were not ready to learn, and their parents.