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The Delivering Impact programme provides grants to established local charities working towards defined outcomes. Each round corresponds to a different priority theme for OCF based on our needs analysis.

Amounts available: £1,501–£10,000 (higher by exception)

Group annual income: Maximum £1 million

Type of cost: Core costs, project or programme work corresponding to OCF’s key strategic priorities: educational inequality, homelessness, loneliness and isolation.

Timescales: Costs expected within the next six to 12 months

Next opening date: Monday 15th June 2020 at midday

These grants can be used for core costs, project or programme work within a series of defined themes. Please check the amounts, dates and criteria below carefully, as these vary by round.

If you are looking for a smaller grant for more modest expenses (up to £1,500), please see our Small and Vital Programme. For infrastructure funding (£10,000 to £50,000), please see our Step Change Fund.


For each of our Delivering Impact grants rounds, we will specify a theme that comes from our needs analysis research Oxfordshire Uncovered. We will publish a specific needs analysis report for each grants round, which will make it clear which outcomes, beneficiary types and geographies we consider priorities for that round. The answers you give to the questions in the application need to convince our independent panel that the work you do will help alleviate the problems identified in the report.


Please read the general eligibility criteria at the bottom of this page, which give an overview of the criteria for all our grants programmes. The online application form will require you to supply specified documentation showing evidence of good governance, as well as an appropriate referee.

Your application will be assessed by our office-based grants team, and you may be asked further questions about your application at this stage. Our independent panel of volunteers with sector expertise will then review and prioritise all the applications at their next meeting. Successful grants will be paid within 30 days of notification, and your project cannot commence before the award is made.


We welcome submissions early in the process.

Theme Opening date Closing date (midday)
Community Friendship Monday 15th June
Monday 28th September

Please note that before you start your application, you MUST download and read the full eligibility criteria from the bottom of this page.

General eligibility criteriaStep Change FundCase studiesSmall and VitalGrants overview
Projects we support - find them on GrantNav

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.