Are you interested in improving a green or community space in your neighbourhood to improve your local area which can also benefit the wider environment? Or maybe you would like to encourage others to enjoy the benefits of the great outdoors and leading a more active lifestyle?
The Green Neighbourhood grant scheme returns for its second year to build on the successes we shared with local community groups off of last year’s scheme. A share of our £4000 funding pot is available to individuals as well as any new or existing resident and community groups who are looking to ‘green’ their communities.
This new funding opportunity offers grants of £50 to £500 for individuals or community groups to get you started on your journey to create a more vibrant, active, welcoming Green Neighbourhood. We welcome a diversity of projects, and while there's no need to have any existing funding for your project, we are keen to support initiatives that have additional funding from other sources.
The grant application encourages applicants to develop their own ideas and activities linked to four categories. Applications should encompass at least one of them.
There are four key categories for Green Neighbourhood grants. Your project needs to fit at least one, but you can pick as many as you like.
- Environment: Working together to improve our local and global environment. This could be taking responsibility for your area by tidying and brightening up local grot spots or organising an activity to spread awareness of our long lasting footprint on the planet; as long as it’s your own unique idea.
- Healthy Lifestyle: Promoting active, healthy living by encouraging people to take exercise outdoors, grow their own food for a healthier diet, helping to combat air pollution by walking and cycling, or all three. Put your own spin on things to be in a good shot.
- Community: Boosting the Team Oxford spirit by getting your neighbourhood together. This could be in the form of a group effort to combat loneliness by involving members of the community who might be isolated or otherwise unable to get out and enjoy our parks and green spaces as much as they might like. We’re looking for original ideas to shake up our city.
- Parks & Open Green Space: Getting people out and about in their local parks and green space can have a wide range of health benefits. Whether it’s communal gardening, jogging or a big community event we want to increase the number of people in our local parks and nature reserves for a healthier, happier city.
Funding could be used for project equipment, activity costs and in some cases expert or professional time. A Green Neighbourhoods grant is available to any new or existing resident or community group who are looking to ‘green’ their communities.
Any person or group interested in applying can download an application form. The deadline for applications is Sunday 2 June 2019. Results will be announced in the second week of June.
We are able to offer support in generating project ideas, the application process, recruiting volunteers, sourcing additional funding, the judging criteria and process or other related areas. Please contact Green Space Development Officer Michael Woods on 01865 529089 or email [email protected].
Holding an Event
If you are considering running an event as part of your Green Neighbourhood project, please read the following details carefully.
All information on holding an event or activity on Oxford City Council land is on our Events pages including our online event application form, timescales involved, what supporting documents you will need to submit and our fees and charges.
We require a minimum of 6 weeks advance notice from event application submission for small sized event applications but preferably 3 months.
We have 4 x city centre spaces available for hire which are Bonn Square, Broad Street, Gloucester Green and The Covered Market. We have over 100 parks and open spaces.
We run a weekly events surgery every Tuesday lunchtime on a drop-in basis to answer any of your queries, so please pop along and discuss in person from 12-1pm in the Town Hall.
Please do not submit an online event application until we have agreed the date and venue with you.
2018 Green Neighbourhood Scheme Results
Thank you to everyone who entered and supported last year's competition and congratulations to all those who ran a successful project.
The 2018 winners are listed below, and may serve as inspiration for your future projects:
Barton Litter Pick
The scheme was again able to contribute to the purchase of litter picking equipment. The community established a neighbourhood litter picking scheme, organising litter picks across Barton and then replanting key areas with daffodil bulbs to brighten the space. Local children were also invited to design posters and make badges to raise awareness of littering.
The Children’s Allotment
Boundary hedging made up of native chestnut and hazel material. A great way to provide both security and promote biodiversity and a habitat for a wide range of small mammals and invertebrates.
Clive Road Area Residents Association (CLARA) Litter Pick
The residents association were able to purchase litter picking equipment through the scheme, enabling a community organised event for local residents to undertake a thorough clean of their local park.
Cutteslowe School Run
The Cutteslowe Primary School were successful in obtaining funding for running vests for school children, in an effort to encourage participation at the local Parkrun event held at Cutteslowe Park every Saturday.
Florence Park Community Centre
Additional planters installed in the car park of Florence Park.
Florence Park Tree Trail
The installation of a tree trail in Florence Park is currently ongoing, with funding allowing the group to market and fund the materials to undertake this project.
Headington Hill Interpretation Board
The scheme was able to contribute towards the costs of an information board and tree trail in the park, highlighting rare trees in Headington Hill Park.
Hogacre Common Eco Park
This funded equipment to be able to run workshops through the summer months, allowing an increased engagement with the local community and improve learning about nature.
Junior Park Run
The scheme was able to contribute to the start-up costs required to form a junior Parkrun in Florence Park. A start date for this is soon to be announced!
Local Environmental Action Florence Park (LEAF)
The grant allocation was able to contribute to the material costs involved in promoting awareness and engagement in the Help a Hedgehog campaign.