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The Delivering Impact programme provides grants that can be used for core work that is part of your group’s larger objectives.

Amounts available: £1,501–£10,000

Group annual income: Maximum £1 million

Type of cost: Any work that addresses Oxfordshire’s social problems, eg a series of items for a project, or delivery of a programme of work over a year, including core costs

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

Next closing date: Now closed – dates for forthcoming rounds will be announced in late January

If you are an established community group or charity that is continuing a programme of work to improve people’s lives, or that is starting a new initiative in the next six months, this grants programme is for you. Our Delivering Impact programme helps charities plan for a series of items for a project, or deliver a programme over a period of time.

Note that each closing date in this programme has different priority outcomes. The table below gives more detail. On occasion, this will include priority outcomes determined by funders that we are distributing funds for, such as Comic Relief or The Big Lottery.

If you are looking for a smaller grant for more modest expenses (up to £1,500), please see our Small and Vital Programme. If your group is aiming to carry out some really aspirational beneficiary work, please talk to us about our new Ambition Programme.

  • We are happy to fund a series of diverse costs, or a single larger cost; we are looking for a clearly planned, itemised budget. You don’t necessarily need to think up a new ‘project’ to apply to this programme – we want to fund strong, established groups carrying out ongoing essential work.
  • In particular, we are interested in impactful work that addresses the unacceptable social problems revealed in our Oxfordshire Uncovered report.

Note that we cannot fund expenses that have already been paid.


You need to complete a comprehensive online application form, and 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.

For this grant programme, we are now piloting a system where we share your grant application, with your permission, with The Good Exchange, an online platform that allows grant-makers to form co-funding partnerships and apply match funding. This should help you access more funds for your work, with minimal extra administration. To find out more about our relationship with The Good Exchange, please read this page.

Dates and timings

There are regular, rolling closing dates throughout the year, and we welcome early submissions. On each occasion there are different priority outcomes, and applications that directly meet these outcomes are much more likely to receive funding. Although you can still apply for projects with different outcomes, these are highly unlikely to be funded. Please call us if you would like to discuss this further.

PLEASE NOTE that each of the rounds will have a different application form, and each form will only become available after the preceding round has closed. 

This programme is now closed for 2017. 2018 dates will be announced towards the end of January – please check back here.

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

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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.