Participants at the Farm Ability project watching eggs come out of a sorter
Apply for a grant
We understand how confusing it can be to apply for a grant, but we like to make it easy. Using our standard grant application form, you are accessing grants from a large number of private funders.

We use an online application process that walks you through entering the details of your charity project. Our grants panels will review all applications at their next meeting, and will award grants from the best source of funding for each successful application.

Our current grants round closes on 5th January 2017.

Amounts available
The majority of grants that we make are between £500 and £5,000; however we have awarded one grant as small as £32.50 and one as large as £30,000. No matter how small or large, we believe our independent grants panel has the experience and skills to ensure that the grants we make are effective and successful.

If you have a project that you believe we should know about, please do get in touch.

If you are unsure whether your organisation or project would be eligible for a grant from us, please feel free to contact us – we’d be happy to help.

Preparing for your application
To check that your group is eligible to apply, we strongly recommend downloading the grant eligibility criteria document below. We have recently changed some of our criteria so please read this carefully.

If you want to make a start collecting information for your application, we would recommend that you gather electronic versions of the following:

  • A bank statement dated within the last three months, which must clearly show the name of the organisation, the sort code and the account number
  • Signed Child Protection Policy and/or Vulnerable Adults Policy (if applicable)
  • Most recent signed annual report and accounts (if applicable) OR proof of income and expenditure covering a 12-month period
  • Your organisation’s signed set of rules, terms of reference or constitution
  • Contact details for all trustees and/or management committee members, with cheque/bank signatories identified, who must not be family members (address, e-mail and phone number).

You will also need to supply a referee who has a professional or public position, is completely independent of your organisation but knows its work well, and is not a relative, friend, partner, another member of the group, or anyone who would benefit from a grant being awarded to your project.

Finally, note that we appreciate brevity in your grant application – so we love it when you can get to the point within 150 words for each of the free-text answers!

Oxfordshire Community Foundation application closing dates

Closing date Corresponding grants panel meeting date
Thursday 5th January 2017 Thursday 23rd February 2017
Monday 13th March 2017 Thursday 4th May 2017
Monday 8th May 2017 Thursday 29th June 2017
Monday 10th July 2017 Thursday 31st August 2017
Monday 28th August 2017 Thursday 19th October 2017
Monday 16th October 2017 Thursday 7th December 2017

Apply for a grant now (closes 5th January)

Other funding sources managed by OCF
OCF often works in partnership with others to enable them to distribute their own funding or to pilot a new fund. The following are examples of this, and they do have a separate application process:

  • Future-Building Fund
    This fund awards larger, more strategic grants. Find out more
  • Comic Relief and Sport Relief
    OCF manages grant-making for Comic Relief and Sport Relief in Oxfordshire. Find out more

What we supportApply nowComic ReliefFuture-Building FundGrant evaluation

Illustration showing that UK community foundations support over 20,000 local charities and groups
  • “The support shown by OCF – with trustee Prof. Ann Buchanan gracing the event with her presence – really helped make the event a huge success.”
    Kanta Gopal
    Kanta Gopal
    Oxford Mela
  • “The overriding aim of LYP is to bring hope for the future to young people, some of whom have given up on expecting anything positive out of life.”
    Richard Colebrook, founder of the Leys Youth Programme
    Richard Colbrook
    Project Leader, Leys Youth Programme
  • “Wow! Thank you so much. Please send our thanks to your committee. The grant will make a huge difference to the club including lots of children and parents and to the coaching staff. Absolutely amazing!”
    Lee Wyatt-Buchan
    Lee Wyatt-Buchan
    Wychwood Football Club
  • “I am incredibly grateful to be part of OCF. The phenomenal support we’ve had has meant we can keep going; reach more vulnerable and distressed people and pay for our magical herd of horses.”
    Jo Corfield of Hopethruhorses
    Jo Corfield
    Founder, Hopethruhorses
  • “We believe you do a sterling job for the communities of Oxfordshire. Keep up the good work.”
    A silhouette of an anonymous person
    Raymond May
    Raymond May, Treasurer, Barton United FC
  • “The grant increased morale, encouraged more fundraising and increased activity ranges.”
    Olivia Bloomfield
    Olivia Bloomfield
    The Pump House Project
  • “I am constantly astonished how much time and energy and commitment hundreds of people around Oxfordshire give to the community every week, often every day of their lives.”
    Tim Stevenson, OCF's president, wearing his Lord Lieutenant's uniform
    Tim Stevenson
    Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire and OCF President
  • “OCF have been a pleasure to deal with: efficient, effective, and prompt in their communications, and understanding when problems or delays have impeded our progress, for which we are very grateful. The work they are doing in our county is first-class, reaching into all areas of the community.”
    Helen Johns
    Helen Johns
    Thame Players Theatre Company
  • “Personally I would just like to say a massive thank you for your wonderful donation towards our wheelchairs. Without it it would have taken much longer to get this project off the ground. For that I will be eternally grateful for your wonderful support.”
    Keeley Bond
    Keeley Bond
    Faringdon Community College PTA
  • “Your grant will boost our fund to the point that we now confidently commission the work.”
    Kay Alty of New Yatt Riding for the Disabled Association, giving a treat to a fleabitten grey horse
    Kay Alty
    New Yatt Riding for the Disabled
  • “A BIG THANK YOU to the community foundation for your support. The valuable work and support the foundation provides to many organisations and groups is fundamental to the delivery of vital services supporting vulnerable families, children , young people... Your support for our project is very much valued and appreciated.”
    Carol Richards on the canal
    Carol Richards
    Children & Families Services Manager at Dovecote Children's Centre
  • “Many thanks indeed. This sum will make a significant difference to the project. We appreciate enormously the support for Falcon from OCF and from Comic Relief. Please pass on our thanks and best wishes to your colleagues.”
    Roger Tritton
    Roger Tritton
    Falcon Rowing and Canoe Club

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Leys Youth Programme

A grant from OCF has helped Leys Youth provide clubs and vital mentoring for young people in areas of educational under-achievement and social exclusion.

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Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine runs projects across Oxfordshire for young people with learning disabilities and autism. In 2014 they received a grant from OCF.