OCF Grants

OCF launched Community Resilience Grants from 1st April 2020. These are open on a rolling basis to allow us to process applications every few days and deliver vital funding quickly.

During this time, only Step Change and Community Resilience grants rounds will continue to run.

Choose a grant programme
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Coronavirus: Community Resilience Grants 

Short application form

  • Tell us what you are doing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and how you would spend any funds allocated.

Step Change
Two-stage application process

  • Transformational change for organisations with strong leadership
  • Medium to long term
  • Focus on boosting internal infrastructure or mergers
  • Systems/premises upgrades or training
  • Marketing or research
Our Coronavirus response

For all groups who are receiving funding from us, please keep in touch. We wish to be as helpful as possible during the coming weeks and months so that you can focus on the vital work of supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and are reviewing how to ensure all donor and grant application services can continue uninterrupted. For these we will:

  • be reasonable in assessing any change in impact due to the current and exceptional situation.
  • maintain payments as scheduled until the end of April.  We will review this date and inform you of any updates to this.
  • be flexible – if you need to use your funding to help cover sickness, purchase equipment, or deliver services differently that is okay.

If you think you will struggle to meet a reporting deadline please let us know.

We are here if you want to contact us about the situation you’re facing.  If you need to contact the grants team, please e-mail ocf@oxfordshire.org  or call 07494 815953.

Useful links

New Coronavirus Funding:

Thames Valley Police have brought forward their latest funding round to support organisations who are working with the local community and helping people through this challenging time. Applications are now being invited. Find out more

Charities Aid Foundation has launched an emergency fund to to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. Find out more

Crisis has launched a national scheme which offers emergency grants to help partner providers needing funding to support  people experiencing homelessness to get through the coronavirus emergency.  Find out more

National Lottery Community Fund is offering up to £3 million of grant funding (over three years) in its Healthy Communities Together programme to empower voluntary and community sector organisations to work together with the local health and care sector to boost the health and wellbeing of their communities. Find out more

The Antonio Carluccio Foundation is extending its current level of grants for 2020 to £500,000 in light of the crisis. Find out more

OCVA has developed a coronavirus sources funding page which signposts our funding as well as local and national sources. Visit page


The Good Exchange is an online platform that helps charities reach more funders in a single application. The platform automatically matches a funding request with a funder’s specific grant-giving criteria, saving time and effort and allowing the collective funding of a project or programme of work. Find out more

Funding Central is a searchable database of grant-making organisations. You can specify the themes of the projects you are looking to fund, and register to receive a personalised update when new grant rounds open. Find out more

Help on Tap has a regularly updated list of locally applicable grant funders. See the list

Turn2Us helps individual people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through partner organisations. Find out more

The Clothworkers Foundation specialises in capital grants for costs such as buildings, fixtures and fittings and vehicles, with applications accepted on a rolling basis. Find out more

Oxfordshire LEADER offers grants of up to £100,000 for rural development projects, including those led by community groups. Find out more

The GreenSquare Community Fund awards grants to community groups and organisations whose projects benefit their local communities. To apply for a grant, you must operate in an area where GreenSquare has homes, and our customers must be able to benefit from the project. Find out more

Oxfordshire Volunteers is a county-wide website that brings together potential volunteers with charities looking for help. You can post regular or occasional volunteering opportunities, including trustee roles, to be added to the searchable database. Visit the site

Charity Mentors is a charity that matches charity leaders with pro bono professional mentors, all of whom have had experience of running and growing a business in the private or public sector. Find out more

OCVA (Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action) is the leading charity support organisation in the county. OCVA provides advice, networking events, volunteer brokerage and training in a wide variety of relevant subjects, from marketing to first aid. Find out more

Help on Tap is a local online discussion forum for charities and community groups, overseen by a panel of charity leaders and local infrastructure organisations. Visit the site

ROBIN (Responsible Oxfordshire Business Involvement Network) is a network of like-minded people from businesses and public sector bodies who want to collaborate and support charities and community groups (Associate members) by sharing skills and resources creatively. These can be one-off opportunities, but so often lead to the development of closer relationships and further new opportunities and associations. Find out more

By applying to one of the grant programmes outlined here, you are accessing money from all of our private and corporate funders. 


Ark T Centre

The Ark T Centre is an arts project in East Oxford, and is situated in a high-risk area for Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Ark T is an open and inclusive community, where people, art, and powerful ideas come together, using the transformative powers of creativity to change lives.


SOFEA alleviates multiple social problems: the need for jobs and training for disadvantaged young people; the demand for nutritious food for vulnerable people; and the danger of supplies from the food industry going to waste.

Good Food Oxford (GFO)

Good Food Oxford supports the existing work of many organisations in and around the city working to make our food system more nourishing, less wasteful and more sustainable.


Thrive offers activity clubs and mentoring for young people in two of Oxford’s most deprived areas – Blackbird Leys and Barton. Their clubs and activities are countering the effects of social exclusion.