Oxford City Council has made a further £10,000 of small grants available for local charities and community groups through the innovative online grant-giving platform The Good Exchange.
A total of £20,000 has now been made available in the current round of the City Council’s Small Grants Scheme 2018.
In addition, the individual funding limit that local charities and community groups can apply for will temporarily increase from £1,000 to £5,000 until 7 September 2018, after which groups can continue to apply for grants of up to £1,000.
Grants will be available to organisations based in Oxford that promote equality, community cohesion, healthy living, or work to tackle poverty and deprivation.
Local charities and community groups can apply for the grants via The Good Exchange website. Those that meet the criteria will be automatically matched and shortlisted to the City Council. In addition, their application will be matched to all other eligible grant givers on the platform, cutting the time taken to apply for grants and reducing the need for multiple applications.
The Good Exchange is an innovative, online grant-giving platform which provides charities and community groups the ability to manage fundraising events and public donations.
Oxford City Council provides £1.4m of grants every year to local charities and community groups. The grants are provided to organisations to help tackle inequality, deprivation and homelessness, and promote arts and culture.
Councillor Christine Simm, Executive Board Member for Supporting Local Communities, said: “I am pleased that we are not only able to continue to support local charities and community groups through our Small Grants Scheme, but that we are also utilising an innovative online platform to provide that support.
“Our partnership with The Good Exchange will not only make it easier for local charities and community groups in Oxford to access much needed funding, but it also creates the opportunities for groups to leverage further funding from other grant makers and generate donations and support through fundraising activities.”
All applications for the City Council’s Small Grants Scheme 2018 – Second Round, which is now open, should be made through The Good Exchange.
Charities and community groups are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure that they are able to access funding. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date, 1 March 2019, or once the funding has been fully allocated, if earlier.