OCF Grants
Choose a grant programme

Please sign up for our updates to be informed about which grants we have available and do check our other sources of funding links further down this page. We  have also created a Top Tips page for grant applications. Note the Step Change Fund grants are always open on a rolling basis.

Step Change Fund logo

£10,000–£50,000
Step Change
Next closing date Thursday 25th August 2022
  • Transformational change for organisations with strong leadership
  • Two-stage application process
  • Focus on boosting internal infrastructure or mergers; systems/premises upgrades or training; marketing or research

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older people laughing together

£500-£3,000
Sir George Earle Benevolent Fund
Closes Thursday 1st September at midday
  • To support older people, particularly projects which aim to reduce loneliness or isolation
  • Comprehensive application form
  • Project or activity costs, ongoing running costs, small scale capital costs

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By applying to one of the grant programmes outlined here, you are accessing money from all of our private and corporate funders. 

other sources of funding

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is working with and for young people (aged 14-25) who face complex transitions to adulthood. Find out more

The Foyle Foundation have updated their guidance for applications to all their grants. Their small grants scheme focus is for one-year grants only, to cover core costs, projects, essential equipment or building projects. Find out more. Their main grants scheme supports charities with a core remit of the Arts or Learning. Find out more

National Lottery Community Fund award money raised by National Lottery players to fund great ideas that help communities to thrive and are open to all applications that meet their criteria, including to support people and communities still adversely impacted by COVID-19. Find out more 

LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund from Consortium and its Community Collaborators, in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund. Small grants to grassroots groups and organisations who are run by and for one or more of their five communities of focus. Find out more

Nationwide Building Society Community Grants programme is all about supporting local charities, Cooperatives and Community Land Trusts to find local solutions to tackle the housing crisis. These organisations can apply for grants of up to £50,000 to fund projects which help people in housing need. Find out more

Vale of White Horse District Council  – Climate Action Fund has up to £5,000 on offer for individual projects. Work could focus on areas such as the natural environment, energy, waste and consumption, or transport and travel. Closes at midday on 25 April. Find out more

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has opened its Spring Grant Round for grants of up to £25,000 over two years, for projects that have a lasting impact in rural communities across the UK, particularly organisations in hamlets, villages and small market towns. Closes 12th April. Find out more 

Lloyds Bank Foundation fund small and local charities helping people overcome complex social issues. Check your eligibility in less than five minutes on their website by selecting from one of 11 complex social issues. Find out more 

City of Oxford Charity grants for the benefit of the residents of the city of Oxford who find themselves in need, sickness or hardship. Any organisation engaged in supporting local people can apply for either of these two grants on behalf of a client. Find out more

Oxford City Council have the new Oxford Community Impact Fund which replaces all former funding programmes for communities including: Culture Fund, Green Neighbourhood Scheme, Youth Ambition Fund, Youth Ambition Holiday Activities Fund, Small Grants and Open Bidding. Find out more

Event Cycle take unwanted event waste and give it a second life. Sign your charity up and let them know what you need. Find out more

Giving World redistributes business surplus stock to communities in need. You can view available products on their website and register your charity or community group to request items and receive stock updates. Find out more

Barchester Charitable Foundation aims to helps older people and adults with a disability across England, Scotland & Wales. Their focus is about connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community, and they support applications that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged. Find out more

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation have adapted their funding goals to Our Natural World, A Fairer Future and Creative, Confident Communities. Please note they are making some key changes to A Fairer Future, so applications closed from 19 January and will re-open in May 2022. You can still apply for Our Natural World and Creative, Confident Communities. Find out more

Tudor Trust core funding for small community-led groups supporting marginalised people, encouraging inclusion, integration, and independence. They also offer unrestricted funding, project grants, capital grants, grants to help strengthen your organisation, and short-term loans, with no maximum or minimum grant, on a rolling basis. Please note From 1st April 2022 they are closing to new applications for a year. Find out more

Shanly Foundation to improve the welfare and quality of life of those that are disadvantaged within the community and also support many local community events and festivals, scouts and girl guides, local schools and sports and social clubs. Find out more

The Ann Rylands Small Donations programme makes grants to support charities’ core costs with a maximum award of up to £5,000. The programme was re-launched in January 2022 to enable the Trust to increase support for smaller charities whose work aligns with their mission to improve provision in health and care. Find out more

The Arts Society Oxford supports those who will benefit from an increased understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts through community and educational art activities. Applications are accepted twice a year, by 31st March and 30th September. Find out more

The Good Exchange is for charitable organisations operating within a 20 mile radius of Market Place, Newbury. They can use The Good Exchange platform which is owned and run by charity Greenham Trust, to apply for grants, fundraise and drive donations via a single application process. Find out more

Trust for Oxfordshire’s Local Environment Fund exists to help finance local environmental projects, large and small, providing up to £10,000 for biodiversity, access and low-carbon projects being delivered by community groups and non-profits. Find out more

Turn2Us helps individual people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through partner organisations. Find out more

Youth Music takes an outcomes approach, investing in projects to support the musical, personal and social development of children and young people. They also support positive outcomes for organisations and their workforce. Find out more

other links

OCVA (Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action) is the leading charity support organisation in the county. OCVA provides advice, networking events, volunteer brokerage and training in a wide variety of relevant subjects, from marketing to first aid. Find out more

ROBIN (Responsible Oxfordshire Business Involvement Network) is a network of like-minded people from businesses and public sector bodies who want to collaborate and support charities and community groups (Associate members) by sharing skills and resources creatively. These can be one-off opportunities, but so often lead to the development of closer relationships and further new opportunities and associations. Find out more

NEXUS is a partnership programme from which connects businesses with charities, social enterprises and start-ups. They signpost information and host events to facilitate introductions and sharing experiences. They enable members to collaborate, learn and grow as part of a like-minded community. Read more about OCF and NEXUS

Oxfordshire Volunteers is a county-wide website that brings together potential volunteers with charities looking for help. You can post regular or occasional volunteering opportunities, including trustee roles, to be added to the searchable database. Visit the site

Charity Mentors is a charity that matches charity leaders with pro bono professional mentors, all of whom have had experience of running and growing a business in the private or public sector. Find out more

FEATURED case studies

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

SOFEA’s mission is to enable the transformation of people’s lives, and their communities, with a major focus on young people. They enable people to fulfil their potential through work, wellbeing, study and purpose projects, providing the means of reducing the immediate effects of disadvantage by relieving food insecurity in the wider community.

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

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.