Grant recipients pose with the High Sheriff

The Community Integration Grants create connections between people from different backgrounds. The grants are for groups that work in partnership to encourage mutual understanding and a sense of belonging to the wider community. Awarded by the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, grants are available for community organisations that bring together groups across different cultures, age groups, faiths, class, abilities or life experiences.

Amounts available: £500–£5,000

Group annual income: Maximum £1 million

Type of cost: Partnership projects that bring together people from different cultures, age groups, faiths, class, abilities or life experiences around a shared goal

Timescales: Grant to be spent within the next six to 12 months

Closing date: 31st July 2018 at midday


The Community Integration Grants offer funding for projects that bring diverse groups together – especially those from different parts of Oxfordshire.

Grants will only be made for projects where two or more organisations with different beneficiary groups work together towards a shared goal. Joint projects might aim to address a particular social issue (for example, loneliness, skill-building, youth provision, family support), or could simply aim to break down preconceptions and build common ground.


Projects should demonstrate any or all of the following:

  • Teamwork to plan and carry out a project
  • A joint approach to problem-solving on a social issue
  • An improvement in communication, mutual knowledge and understanding

For administrative purposes, one of the groups will be the applicant (and may be the catalyst for bringing groups together). However, there should be evidence, supported by referees, of genuine partnership and equality in the way the idea has evolved and will work.

Does it have to be a new project?

Projects may build on existing good relationships between groups, but should aim – through team-working – to take partnership and common ground to a new level. For example, if two or more organisations have already worked together in the past, we may consider funding a collaboration on a new project, especially if this addresses a mutually agreed social problem.


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 will receive an acknowledgement shortly after the closing date. 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 would like to encourage new groups and collectives to apply to this grants round, even if you have never applied to OCF before. Along with OCVA, we are happy to work with you to help you develop your partnership, complete the grant application form and collect the necessary documents.

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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.