Grants advice, fundraising guidance and support

Applying for a grant and how decisions are made

Groups can apply to us for grant funding as long as they have:

  • a legal structure that is appropriate to the size and nature of the organisation, set out in a constitution or memorandum and articles of association that clearly outlines the aims and rules governing the organisation
  • a bank account

Each group awarded a grant from us will be expected to sign terms and conditions for the grant before any funding is released. An example of a potential condition might be to share skills or work with another community group.

Groups cannot apply for more than one grant for the same project or activity, however can apply for different projects or activities.

Activities we can fund

Grant funding from us can cover items of expenditure classed as revenue e.g. things like general running costs, training, volunteer expenses, room hire, publicity etc.

Guidance and advice 

If you need any advice or support in making an application you can contact Oxfordshire Community & Voluntary Action (OCVA) on 01865 251946 or by emailing at

Alternatively, contact us by emailing

How decisions are made

All applications are reviewed by a grants panel, where eligibility is confirmed and the project is scored against the funding criteria, which may include:

  • Evidence of need and/or demand
  • Who the project is targeting
  • Meeting the priorities of the Council Strategy
  • Demonstrating financial need and seeking other funding
  • Value for money

Recommendations from the grants panel are approved by the Head of Community Services in line with the Council's constitution. All decisions are final and there is no right of appeal.

Feedback can be given on an individual basis. Please email