Group of people at an event, from all parts of the community - young and old - including Scouts, footballers, a vicar, amateur dramatics actors in costume, and OCF CEO Jayne Woodley centre
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  or call 07494 815953.

Choose a grant programme

COVID-19 Small Grants

Short application form

  • Small, local organisations working to alleviate hardship caused by the pandemic, including educational disadvantage, homelessness, loneliness, digital exclusion and more
  • Activities that relieve pressure on local statutory services, particularly emergency or health and social care provision

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
other sources of funding

Oxford City Council has launched a second round of business support grants. They are aimed at helping small businesses, charities and social enterprises through the coronavirus crisis. Individual grants will range from £1,000 to £10,000. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and preferably well in advance of the 16 August deadline. Find out more

Edge Post Covid-19 Revival Fund is a one-off fund with up to £250,000 of grant funding available.  Applications are welcomed for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 addressing educational challenges. Find out more

The Charity Survival Fund has been set up in response to Julia and Hans’ ongoing concern about Covid-19’s economic impact on charities. This £10m Fund will provide core funding to help charities, especially small and medium sized, to offset lost income in the current financial year. Find out more

Applications open for Infrastructure Organisations to support BAME-led charities and groups to access National Emergencies Trust (NET) funds. Find out more

Asda Foundation has developed two new grant streams in response to Covid-19, focusing on personal hygiene dignity and hot meals for disadvantaged children during the school holidays. 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

The Independent Age Grants Fund aims to reach older people most likely to be affected by coronavirus. 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

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

Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund (Small Grants) is now open and will provide grants of up to £10,000 for specialist women’s organisations across the UK. Find out more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Useful links

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

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.