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OCF Grants
Our Coronavirus response on grant funding

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

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

Choose a grant programme

Further grant opportunities from our Resilience Fund will be available later in the year. Please sign up for our updates to be informed about these and check our other sources of funding links on this page.


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

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

other sources of funding

The Foyle Foundation grants for Arts and Learning have updated their guidance for applications. Their main grants scheme is for a strong artistic case for support in either the performing or visual arts. Their  small grants scheme is to support small charities during this time. Find out more

Asda Foundation has a ‘Getting Schools Back on Track’ grant, which has been designed to help ease the pressures that have been placed on all families during the pandemic. Apply via your local store’s Community Champion. Find out more

Magic Little Grants 2020 funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Localgiving is offering charitable organisations the opportunity to apply for grants of £500. Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise. They have updated their terms in response to Coronavirus. Open until 31st October 2020. Find out more

The Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant for Food and Essential Supplies is to support people who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to COVID-19. Organisations such as community groups and support services can apply for this scheme, which is administered by the city and district councils. The following are still open for applications: Cherwell  South Oxfordshire Vale of the White Horse   West Oxfordshire

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

AB Charitable Trust grants for Human Rights, particularly Access to Justice; Migrants and Refugees; Criminal Justice and Penal Reform. Applications close on 31st October 2020. Find out more

Garfield Weston Foundation £25m Weston Culture fund to support museums, performing and visual arts is open to applications until the 9 November. Grants will range from a minimum of £100,000 up to a maximum of £2 million based on the size of the organisation. Find out more

Esmée Fairburn Foundation are now open to applications and have adapted their funding goals to Our Natural World, A Fairer Future and Creative, Confident Communities. Find out more 

Tudor Trust core funding for small community-led groups supporting marginalised people, encouraging inclusion, integration, and independence. They also offer unrestricted funding, project grants, capital grants, grants to help strengthen your organisation, and short-term loans, with no maximum or minimum grant, on a rolling basis. Find out more

Shanly Foundation to improve the welfare and quality of life of those that are disadvantaged within the community and also support many local community events and festivals, scouts and girl guides, local schools and sports and social clubs. Find out more

The Ann Rylands Small Donations programme makes grants of up to £1,500 to support smaller charities across the UK providing support for older people, people with disabilities or others facing difficulties in their lives. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 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

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

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

Oxfordshire LEADER offers grants of up to £100,000 for rural development projects, including those led by community groups. They are now closed for new Expressions of Interest but you can sign up for updates. Find out more

Oxfordshire Learning Network has a small amount of funding available to support organisations delivering learning opportunities or short engagement courses for their priority groups, which include homeless people, BAME, asylum seekers and many other groups. Find out more

Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment provides grants for community groups for projects that improve biodiversity, access and reduce a community’s carbon footprint. Find out more

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

Youth Music takes an outcomes approach, investing in projects to support the musical, personal and social development of children and young people. They also support positive outcomes for organisations and their workforce. Find out more

other links

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

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

NEXUS is a partnership programme from which connects businesses with charities, social enterprises and start-ups. They signpost information and host events to facilitate introductions and sharing experiences. They enable members to collaborate, learn and grow as part of a like-minded community. Read more about OCF and NEXUS

Oxford Hub are training the next generation of trustees in the charity sector through their Hub Trustees Programme (formerly the Young Trustees Programme) which finds new trustees for local boards, and provides them with training for their trustee role. The aim of the programme is to help local charities to increase the diversity of their boards and bring new voices to the table, while at the same time equipping participants with the knowledge and skills to become a trustee.

Participants will be matched with a charity board aligned with their interests and provided with a 12-month training and support programme to ensure that they develop good governance skills and can confidently contribute to charity boards. Applications from organisations and individuals looking to join the programme close on September 13th. 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

FEATURED case studies

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.