At least annually, the Trustees of Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF), a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered number 1151621, review guidance issued by the Charity Commission to ensure there is public benefit with regard to OCF’s charitable purpose:
- The promotion of any charitable purposes for the benefit of the community in the area currently known as the County of Oxfordshire and its immediate neighbourhood, and in particular the advancement of education, the protection of good health, both mental and physical, and the relief of poverty and sickness
- Other exclusively charitable purposes in the United Kingdom and elsewhere which are in the opinion of the Foundation beneficial to the community, with a preference for those in the area of benefit.
Delivery of OCF’s grant-making and wider community impact activities is integral to this charitable purpose, and as part of OCF’s 2020 Strategy the trustees have carried out a full review of our grant-making policy. This resulted in a number of changes to grant eligibility and assessment processes, ensuring they continued to work within the context of our five strategic objectives:
- To achieve a step change in our collaborative philanthropy
- To develop a knowledge hub of Oxfordshire’s voluntary sector and key social and community problems
- To work in partnership to develop community-based solutions
- To adopt a strategic, transparent and proactive approach to the distribution of OCF funds
- To enhance our organisational capabilities and infrastructure to deliver our growth ambitions.
This document dated March 2018 is the current OCF Grant-Making Policy, and replaces any earlier dated versions.