OCF has just opened the next round in our Delivering Impact grants programme, which will focus on alleviating poverty. We are seeking applications from groups working with the most deprived people in the county, such as homeless people, and will invest up to £10k.
Our Delivering Impact programme has priority outcomes for each funding round, and we have just opened a new application form for the round ending on 26th October 2017. In this round we will prioritise work that is helping to alleviate poverty and deprivation, in particular by supporting vulnerable people to improve their employability through training, education or accreditation. The ultimate aim of the grants within this round is to improve the physical, mental and emotional health of some of Oxfordshire’s most deprived people.
We are seeking applications from groups that work in particular with homeless people, refugees/asylum seekers, NEETS (Not in Education, Employment or Training), ex-offenders and prisoners, the long term unemployed and people with learning difficulties. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for groups with an income of up to £1 million, and can cover core/running costs.
More details and the application form are here.
Two other grants rounds with the same closing date are currently open:
- Small and Vital – grants of up to £1,500 for groups with an income of up to £100,000 – shorter application form and general outcomes, including Christmas events and clubs
- Comic Relief Core Strength – grants between £1,000 and £5,000 for groups with an income of up to £100,000 – a small pot of funding available for two to ten grants to be made for the core costs of small community groups
The latest round of grant funding corresponds with many of the funding priorities we set out in our Oxfordshire Uncovered report, published last year, which found that around 600 people in Oxfordshire are homeless, and 15 neighbourhoods are in the 20% most deprived in England. Oxford is the least affordable place to live in Britain, with houses costing 16 times the local annual income.