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As part of our Delivering Impact programme, OCF is seeking to award grants that help disadvantaged children or adults by boosting educational prospects, providing vocational opportunities, raising aspirations and increasing employability.

Amounts available: £1,501–£10,000

Group annual income: Maximum £1 million

Type of cost: Core costs, project or programme work that improves literacy, numeracy and educational attainment, raises aspirations and improves employability

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

Closing date: 9th October 2018 at midday


OCF is seeking applications for work that is tackling some of the problems identified in our new Needs Analysis Report: Education and Skills. We recommend that you download and read the report before starting a grant application. 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.

Preferred outcomes

  • Improved aspirations for the future
  • Improved economic wellbeing
  • Improved levels of literacy and/or numeracy
  • Increased academic and/or vocational qualifications
  • Increased educational attainment
  • Increased employability and enterprise
  • Increased financial literacy

Preferred beneficiaries

  • Disadvantaged/low income children
  • Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  • Long-term unemployed adults
  • People with learning difficulties

Preferred geographies

Areas of particular deprivation under the Indices of Deprivation ‘Education Skills and Training’ metric in the following places:

  • Abingdon
  • Banbury
  • Berinsfield
  • Didcot
  • Kidlington
  • Oxford City
  • Wantage
  • Witney

Please see the Needs Analysis report for more details.


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.

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