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.

Choose a grant programme

Please sign up for our updates to be informed about which grants we have available and do check our other sources of funding links further down this page.


Housing & Homelessness

Comprehensive online application form

  • For organisations contributing towards tackling the causes of homelessness and move-on housing
  • Core costs, project, or programme work
  • For rough sleepers, people at risk of eviction, people with no recourse to public funds, hidden homeless people

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 Prince’s Countryside Fund is offering a UK Covid-19 Community Relief Fund to support farming and rural communities to cope with the impact of Covid-19, to expand on new services that have emerged to support the local community during this time and to build future resilience. Find out more

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

National Lottery Community Fund will continue to support people and communities most adversely impacted by COVID-19. 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 Co-op Local Community Fund is open for applications from groups looking to deliver a project that helps people to access food and co-operate together to feed everyone, improves people’s mental wellbeing, or provides opportunities for young people under 25 to develop new skills and make a difference in their community. Closes 30th May. Find out more

Oxfordshire County Council is seeking bids from organisations wishing to deliver activity as part of the UK Community Renewal Fund. Closing date Friday 28 May 2021. Investment priorities are skills, local business, communities and place and, people into employment. Find out more

The GreenSquareAccord Community Fund awards grants for projects benefiting their local communities. Grants are available up to £500 for projects in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Find out more

University of Oxford small community grants scheme for community projects, events and activities in the city of Oxford. Closing date Friday 16th April. Find out more 

The Woodward Charitable Trust funds for summer playschemes for children between the ages of 5-16 years. Closing Thursday 8th April. Find out more

Event Cycle take unwanted event waste and give it a second life. Sign your charity up and let them know what you need. Find out more

Giving World redistributes business surplus stock to communities in need. You can view available products on their website and register your charity or community group to request items and receive stock updates. Find out more

Magic Little Grants 2021 opens on 1st March to 31st October 2021. Partnering with their usual funding trust, Postcode Community Trust, plus 5 additional funding trusts to distribute £1m. The application process is short and simple, taking 10 minutes to complete. Each organisation may only apply once in 2021. Find out more

Barchester Charitable Foundation aims to make a difference to the lives of older people and other adults with a physical or mental disability. They favour applications that encourage a person’s mobility, independence and improved quality of life. Grants range from £100 up to £5,000. Find out more

The Windrush Day Grant Scheme works to create more resilient communities, where different religions, cultures and opinions are celebrated, underpinned by a shared set of values that champion tolerance, freedom and equality of opportunity. Grants available from £2,500 to £25,000. Find out more

Thomas Wall Trust – for charities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills that are likely to assist employment prospects. They offer grants up to £5,000. 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

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

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

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’s mission is to enable the transformation of people’s lives, and their communities, with a major focus on young people. They enable people to fulfil their potential through work, wellbeing, study and purpose projects, providing the means of reducing the immediate effects of disadvantage by relieving food insecurity in the wider community.

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.