Positive relationships and sexual health grants

These grants aim to build self-esteem and confidence, with a view to promoting positive relationships, sexual and reproductive health. They focus on young people, those experiencing homelessness, or vulnerable groups where sexual health is at risk. Funding for this grants round has been made available from Oxfordshire County Council.

Amounts available: £500-£15,000

Type of organisation: charity/CIO/registered company with charitable status/social enterprise/community group; no maximum income level

Type of cost: Project or running costs associated with the preferred outcomes or beneficiaries.

Timescales: Payment will be made by 31st January 2021; the project must be completed by 4th June 2021; the grant MUST be spent and the grant monitoring returned by 30th June 2021.

Dates: Closes Friday 8th January 2021 at midday (recently extended). Early applications are welcomed.


These grants aim to provide Oxfordshire residents local opportunities to engage in activities or receive support that will promote positive relationships and maintain their sexual and reproductive health. They also aim to raise awareness of these health needs in the community.

The preferred outcome for this grants round is the overall improved sexual and reproductive health of Oxfordshire residents. This will be achieved through:

  • groups delivering and/or receiving more or new support and/or information related to sexual and reproductive health
  • a positive change in referrals and service use of existing sexual health services in Oxfordshire. For example, uplift in certain groups using the service or requests for support.

Preferred beneficiaries include:

  • young people
  • homeless people
  • BAME communities
  • vulnerable people

The beneficiaries must be people (not an individual).

  • Not animals.
  • Not environment e.g. trees.

We will fund ongoing running costs. We will fund one-off events or a programme of events.

The number of people participating will be considered and proportional funding assigned as appropriate.

Project budget: itemised, well costed project budget indicating where other funds have been secured where appropriate must be provided. The project MUST be completed by 4th June 2021. Funds cannot be awarded to cover costs already paid for.

  • Increase efforts to offer STD testing
  • Increase awareness and uptake of the Safety Condom-card (C-card)
  • Information and advice about all types of contraception and where they can be accessed
  • Investigate and report on the sexual and reproductive health needs of hard to reach or vulnerable, such as commercial sex workers, homeless people and vulnerable migrant groups
  • Support for parents to discuss relationships and sexual health
  • Training on relationships and sexual health for those working in the community
  • Advice and access to contraception in non-health education and/or youth settings
  • Support for pregnant teenagers and young parents and practitioners
  • Support for pregnant teenagers and young parents including prevention of subsequent pregnancies

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 organisation needs to have minimum one year of operation: if constituted for less than one year but have been active for longer please demonstrate activity.

Your application will be assessed by the OCF grants panel and a representative from Oxfordshire County Council, Public Health. Successful grants will be paid by 31st January 2021. Your project must be completed by 4th June 2021.

We recommend you read the Sexual Health Needs Assessment for Oxfordshire and the Oxfordshire Teenage Pregnancy Action Plan.

Dates and timings

Early applications are appreciated, as the OCF office is closed throughout the holidays.

Opening date Closing date (midday)
Tuesday 1st December 2020 Friday 8th January 2021

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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