Annual Grants Open Bidding Programme

More funding opportunities can be found at Oxfordshire Community Foundation and more information about their programmes in their recent newsletter

Open Bidding Grants Programme for 2018-19

The annual Open Bidding Grants Programme for 2018-19 is now open for applications.

Local community groups and voluntary organisations delivering projects that benefit residents of Oxford may now apply for funding.

There is an opportunity to apply for one-off projects or activities for the financial year 2018-19. Additionally, for the first time we are offering financial support for a period of up to three financial years (2018-19 to 2020-21).

We have allocated £115,000 for each year of the three year programme. This is a discretionary grants programme and will fund projects and activities that support us in achieving our Corporate Priority of Strong and Active Communities.

The Open Bidding Grants Programme considers requests of up to £10,000 and will fund expenditure that will enable a project or activity to take place that includes the on-going running costs such as staffing, heating, administration etc.

Businesses, individuals and statutory organisations are not eligible to apply for a grant under this scheme. The scheme will not fund projects that are the responsibility of another public body.

The closing date for applications is the 8 February 2018.

You can apply by completing an application form below. Please read the Guidance Notes before completing your application form.

OCVA will be running four workshops commencing 16 January 2018 on how to apply for a grant and what makes a successful application:

Please note: the start and finishing times for each course have yet to be confirmed, once these are available we will update the above information.

If you would like to attend one of these free workshops or further information, please get in touch with OCVA on 01865 251946 or email

Applications will be evaluated by a grants panel over a period of 5 days commencing 20 February 2018.

For information, you can download our Evaluation Framework.

Grant Programme Prospectus

A list of the community and voluntary organisations awarded grants for 2017-18 can be found below:

List of grants awarded 2017-18 

Previous Awards 

A complete list of awards made under the scheme is available below.

Annual Grants Open Bidding Programme Awards