Oxford Community Impact Fund

Introduction to the Oxford Community Impact Fund

Here you'll find key information about the new Oxford Community Impact Fund (OCIF). This 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. All eligible applicants to former community grant programmes should be eligible for this new programme, however please do check the guidance within these pages first.

If after reading these pages you have any queries, please email the Grants Team: grants@oxford.gov.uk

How much is available?

The Oxford Community Impact Fund (OCIF) programme will run for a minimum of 3 years, starting in 2022/23, and will be reviewed annually. It has been split into two main strands:

  • Small and Medium Grants (three rounds each year)
  • Big Ideas (closed to new applicants)

Small and Medium Grants

The total annual value of these grants is £84,000 per year. There will be a single pot which Small and Medium Grant applicants can bid against. There will be no predetermined allocation of funds between the two which will allow the Grants Panel flexibility to support the strongest applications.

You can apply for up to £5,000 per round and there is one round of grant funding remaining in 2022/23 (see below).

Table showing the amount available in each round of Small and Medium Grants, and key dates

Grant round

Minimum amount available

Online application forms available from

Application forms close midnight on

Decisions expected

Round 3: Small and Medium Grants 2022/23

£16,000

12 September 2022

17 October 2022

25 November 2022

Round 3 has comparatively less funding available as we come to the end of the year when less activity is generally on offer to the community.

Big Ideas

This three year funding programme is closed to new applicants. You can find a list of grantees in this news release.