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OCF Grants
Our current response on grant funding

For all groups who are receiving funding from us, please keep in touch. We wish to be as helpful as possible, so that you can focus on the vital work of supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

If you think you will struggle to meet a reporting deadline please let us know. We are here if you want to contact us about the situation you’re facing.

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 also created a Top Tips page for grant applications.

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Step Change
Two-stage application process
  • Transformational change for organisations with strong leadership
  • Medium to long term
  • Focus on boosting internal infrastructure or mergers; systems/premises upgrades or training; marketing or research

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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

Good Food Oxford is administering a fund on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council, West Oxfordshire District Council and Cherwell District Council for community services working to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks across Oxfordshire. The focus on community food services is in recognition of the fantastic job that around 100 local groups and around 15,000 volunteers have done throughout the pandemic to support our communities to stay safe and maintain a healthy diet. Applications are open until 30th September 2021. Find out more

Sport England Return to Play Fund has £15 million for awards of up to £10,000 that support clubs and community groups respond to the challenges of returning to play during the coronavirus pandemic. The fund will remain open until the end of 2021. Find out more

The Foyle Foundation grants for Arts and Learning have updated their guidance for applications. Their main grants scheme is for a strong artistic case for support in either the performing or visual arts. Their small grants scheme is to support small charities during this time. Find out more

National Lottery Community Fund will continue to support people and communities most adversely impacted by COVID-19. Find out more

OCVA has developed a coronavirus sources funding page which signposts our funding as well as local and national sources. Visit page

Berkeley Foundation fund will first target building resilience in organisations working to enable young people, aged 16-25, to overcome barriers to work and kick-start their careers. In its first year, the Fund will be open for applications until 6 February 2022, with two decision making points in December 2021 and March 2022. Find out more

South Oxfordshire District Council are offering capital funding, until 17 December, for projects that improve economic and community well-being, provides infrastructure that meets local need, that protect and restore our natural world and take action on the climate emergency. Find out more about capital grants Councillor community grants are now re-opened for new applications – closes noon 4 February 2022.  Find out more about Councillor community grants

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 various grants for subsidised leisure classes, arts projects, and for community organisations which tackle poverty and deprivation. Find out more

The GreenSquareAccord Community Fund awards grants for projects benefiting their local communities. Grants are available up to £500 for projects in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. 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 are now open to applications and have adapted their funding goals to Our Natural World, A Fairer Future 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. 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 of up to £1,500 to support smaller charities across the UK providing support for older people, people with disabilities or others facing difficulties in their lives. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 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 an online platform that helps charities reach more funders in a single application. The platform automatically matches a funding request with a funder’s specific grant-giving criteria, saving time and effort and allowing the collective funding of a project or programme of work. Find out more

Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment provides grants for community groups for projects that improve biodiversity, access and reduce a community’s carbon footprint. 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’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 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.