Grants advice, fundraising guidance and support

We recognise the ongoing and lasting impact that Covid is having on communities and we will endeavour to support those groups working with the most affected communities. The voluntary, community and social enterprise sector have always been an invaluable part of Oxford and have shown an incredible response to the pandemic.

One of the ways we support the sector is through grant aid. Our current priorities are:

  • Promoting community activities and cohesion
  • Getting more people involved with the arts
  • Tackling anti-social behaviour and improving community safety
  • Promoting and protecting the natural environment and biodiversity
  • Tackling social and health inequalities

Developing and funding your ideas

The first step in seeking funding is to develop your idea from outline into a convincing case for funding, detailed budgets and planned outcomes. You might find the following links helpful for this process:

  • NCVO Know How has excellent online resources written in simple language which explains what groups should do before they think about applying for money
  • Groundwork provide a set of clear and helpful tips aimed specifically at community projects
  • My Community is a great source of tools, tips and ideas to help with projects and organisation costs
  • The Resource Centre has pulled together some simple to follow, but nevertheless essential, advice on how to write a funding application
  • Fundraising Essentials contains a package of useful videos and resources, including downloable guides for fundraisers, volunteers and trustees, and free training opportunities
  • Semble can help you develop your ideas and also provide funding. They have helpful pages such as:
  • Small Charities is a new joint initiative by the Chartered Institute of Fundraising and National Lottery Community Fund to bring together fundraising guides, resources and training opportunities for small charities and community groups
  • Crowdfunder's Coaching and Support Hub offers guidance and support for crowdfunding projects
  • Charities Aid Foundation provide helpful tips and advice, and can also support with fundraising (see also Covid funding page)

Evidencing the need for your project

Any funding application will be expected to show evidence of the local need. We recommend visiting the following sites to help you find useful data:

Sources of funding

There are many sources of funding available to apply to, not just ours. We recommend considering the following websites and platforms:

  • The Good Exchange is an easy to use online fundraising and grant matching platform, which is used by us and many other funders up and down the country. You only need to register your organisation once to be potentially considered by multiple funders and they process gift aid donations without any fees
  • Sign up to be a good cause with Oxford Lottery and receive monthly income from ticket sales
  • OCVA offer advice on how to diversify your funding
  • School for Social Entrepreneurs offers sector-specific advice and links to funders
  • Oxfordshire Community Foundation provides a variety of grant programmes that help community groups and charities in Oxfordshire improve people's lives
  • Crowdfunder can help you raise funds through donations

Staying up to date with what's going on

Other routes to finding funding and support

Individuals and families

  • Turn2US can help you find support with Coronavirus and find out what support may be available to you through benefits, grants and other help
  • Contact your local advice centre for help and support
  • Family Fund has a helpful list of funding opportunities to support families

Business and social enterprise

  • Visit our Coronavirus page
  • eScalate can support Oxfordshire’s small and medium sized enterprises, including social enterprises, with growth strategies (up to March 2022)
  • ROBIN is a network of businesses and public sector organisations across Oxfordshire whose members support charities and community groups by sharing skills and resources