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?
We have launched the Green Neighbourhood grant scheme which builds on previous initiatives including ‘In Bloom’ and ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ to make a more inclusive and accessible 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 reduce the impact on the 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 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, although we generally will not fund wages. A Green Neighbourhood 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 here. Please note that the application period for 2018 has closed. Details of next year's application will be available on this web page in early 2019.
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 Ellie Ellwood: [email protected] or 01865 252 142.
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 the events webpage including our online event application form, timescales involved, what supporting documents you will need to submit and our fees & charges: www.oxford.gov.uk/events
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.
It's Your Neighbourhood 2017 Results
Thank you to everyone who entered and supported last year's competition and congratulations to all those who ran a successful project. The results were announced in October 2017.
The winners for each of the categories are show below:
- Barns Place Residents Association, Oxford
- Friends of St Sepulchre’s Cemetery, Oxford
- Headington Action, Oxford
- Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground, Oxford
- Meadow Lane Guerilla Garden, Oxford
- Vicarage Court Garden Club, Oxford