List of groups awarded Small and Medium grants 2023-24

Below is a list of groups who have been awarded grants from the Oxford Community Impact Fund, starting with the most recent rounds of funding at the top of the page.

Round 3 - Small and Medium Grantees 2023-24

  • Abbie Mumbi/Vision – To support the funding of administration costs, equipment, transport and pool hire to allow disadvantaged individuals and community groups to attain necessary life skills, foster confidence and engage within their own communities
  • AT The Bus – To support the provision of sessions for children at St Frideswide’s Primary School East Oxford and help AT The Bus continue their work
  • Barton Community Association – To support the BCA’s Stay, Play and Learn sessions for parents and carers with children under 3, which provides a place for the children to have access to toys/books, a playground, and a place to help them develop
  • Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground – To support the search for a new team leader for 2024 (with the help of Oxfordshire Youth) who will lead the team in their excellent work
  • Body Politic – To support the launch of a 6-month training programme to widen access to non-traditional dance styles in Oxford, with 10 places available
  • Bullingdon Community Association – To support a free community lunch once a month for 11 months of the year, for older members of the local community
  • Community Cupboard, Rose Hill Methodist Church – To support the funding for food, cleaning and volunteer training, in an effort to support the local community with the cost of living
  • Counselling Carers – To support local carers by subsidising counselling sessions for carers who can’t otherwise access counselling, and to assist in an IT investment to make the service more efficient, sustainable and easy-to-use
  • Cowley Road Works/Cowley Road Carnival – To support Carnival tester sessions after three years without the Carnival, to bring a platform to local artists and the community together in preparation for Carnival 2024
  • Emily Bampton – To support a trainee workshop facilitator who will be able to use their skills to run comparable courses/similar workshops independently, and feed back into the local community
  • Emmaus Oxford – To support free “starter packs” of furniture and essentials to homeless/vulnerable people such as refugees and people fleeing domestic abuse, when they are housed
  • Fusion Arts for Green Arts Oxfordshire Network – To support the Carbon Literacy Training course catered to Oxford’s creative community over 4 free training sessions and training for a career development opportunity to a local resident
  • MEET in Oxford – To support Phase 2 of a partnership project with Pause Oxfordshire to provide a range of trauma-focused therapeutic interventions, tailored to Pause’s clients’ needs
  • Museum of Modern Art Ltd – To support the Adults and Communities model, which formed Modern Art Oxford’s summer programme, to be delivered in partnership with targeted Community Centres, to support the local community
  • MyVision Oxfordshire – To support a counselling service for visually impaired people with sessions catered to the clients’ individual needs to help clients come to terms with their sight loss, and helping them lead active, independent lives.
  • Oxford Community Churches (Edge Housing) – To support access to affordable accommodation and employment for homeless, recently homeless and vulnerably housed people
  • Oxford Diocesan Council for Social Work Inc PACT (Parents and Children Together) – To support the Bounce Back 4 Kids programme in Oxford City, which uses therapeutic techniques to support children and teenagers and parents who have been domestically abused
  • Oxford International Links (Representing Our 7 Twin Cities) - To support each Link with events at the Covered Market including music, dance, writing, foods, puzzles and sharing stories to bring the community together and celebrate culture
  • Oxford Opera Trust – To support the “Opera in a Day” programme, a series of workshops dedicated to engaging Oxford residents of all ages in opera and offering a one-day session led by opera industry professionals
  • Oxford Poetry Library – To support the running cost of the library in 2024 and continue to provide literary workshops and events for a wide range of people for free, to support local accessibility and inclusivity
  • Oxfordshire Asian Women’s Voice – To support local women who are struggling in the Cost of Living Crisis by providing the funding for food vouchers, help with utility bills, etc, and to hire a room at Rose Hill Community Centre for activities
  • Oxfordshire Breastfeeding Support – To support the services’ transition into a social, drop-in model with trained peer supporter and host volunteers to create an inclusive, community driven support system
  • Oxfordshire Chinese Community and Advice Centre – To support the provision of advice / information / interpretation / advocacy in the Chinese Community and provide 'Survival English' sessions for new immigrants
  • Peeple – To support a new Peep Learning Together Group for children ages 1-4 as a part of Peeple’s Growing Minds project, which will enrol the children into Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to provide 1:1 support for the most vulnerable local families
  • People, Place and Participation (Flo’s – The Place in the Park) – To support the local community with health and wellbeing work, and to develop the pavillion building Flo’s currently leases
  • Rauni Barros Da Silva – To support the creation of 7-9 short films and create “Oxford an Anthology” to bring the local community together through the creations and stories of the local creative community
  • Refugee Education UK – To support The Conversation Class, which provides young refugees and asylum seekers with a safe and comfortable space to practice and improve their English-speaking skills
  • Rose Hill Community Larder – To support the running costs of the Community Larder to provide support to people in Rose Hill who are struggling with the Cost of Living Crisis, and help prevent loneliness in the community
  • South Oxford Arts – To support the Big Draw, a free all-day multi-workshop led by local artists, and 5 free morning workshops also led by local artists, to give people of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to explore creativity
  • The Homeless Guide CIC – To support The Homeless Guide with running costs for 2024/25 to enable them to continue their vital work
  • The Mint House – To support training from Oxfordshire’s Lived Experience Advisory Forum, and managers and staff at the Matilda House to facilitate restorative conversations and meetings to resolve conflicts constructively and reduce evictions
  • Windrush Commonwealth Service Oxford CIC – To support the scriptwriting for the Windrush Theatre event and assist with running costs such as travel to affected communities and actor’s fees.
  • Wolvercote Young People’s Club – To support free weekly youth activities for young people aged 8-18 living in Cutteslowe and Wolvercote. This includes sessions like Maths Tutoring, Pump up the Jam and Kickstart Café for a total of 110 people
  • Wood Farm Parent and Toddler Group – To support running costs of Wood Farm, and to fund baby walkers and baby chairs for a recent influx of clients
  • Yellow Submarine Holidays – To support Reach, a personal development project for adults with learning difficulties, who can access workshops that cover communications, assertiveness, cooking, wellbeing and more

Round 2: Small and Medium Grantees 2023-24

  • Ark-T Centre – To support the costs of hiring a business development marketing practitioner to build Creative Wellbeing Workshops for 20 days, and a Creative Wellbeing Practitioner to deliver the workshops to businesses, care homes and schools.
  • AT The Bus – To support the delivery of AT The Bus sessions at Greyfriars School to 50 pupils a week with high levels of need, and struggle to attend/engage with school.
  • Autism Family Support Oxfordshire – To support a weekly group for autistic young people aged 16-25 to help in the transition to adulthood through development of life skills, access to volunteering, training and employment.
  • Be Free Young Carers – To support the research and development of Be Free Young Carers’ employability and mentoring programme for young carers of secondary school age and helping tackle digital poverty.
  • Becky Young/Growing Minds and Local Delivery Manager People – To support a summer group for all Growing Minds families based on the Peep Learning Together Programme to ease the cost of living for these families.
  • Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground – To support the costs of a safe way into the playground while work on the community centre area is ongoing and to support staff wages.
  • Cruse Bereavement Support, Oxfordshire – To support the provision of free specialist 1:1/group support for 33 Oxford residents and Continual Professional Development training and supervision to existing bereavement volunteers.
  • Cutteslowe Community Association – To support the Seniors Group who meet twice a month, and work with Age UK to meet once a month in an effort to prevent loneliness in the community.
  • Donnington Doorstep – To support the continuation of an additional service to under-5’s families in Oxford, providing cooking activities in the weekly youth group.
  • EMBS Community College Ltd – To support the provision of short introductory IT courses at EMBS Temple, Cowley for digitally excluded, socially isolated, disadvantaged adults through outreach, publicity and partnership.
  • Wild Boor Ideas – To provide match-funding to develop the family interactive production of Winnie and Wilbur’s Christmas Adventure and create a new special access performance for SEN schools and families.
  • Emmaus Oxford – To support the weekly street homeless outreach service with funds for essentials such as food, toiletries, clothes, period products, healthcare essentials and sleeping bags etc.
  • Fight Against Blindness (FAB) – To support FAB’s specialist sight loss and visual impairment clinical psychological service in Oxford for children and young people, who provided support for children, parents and families affected.
  • Homeless People and the Oxford Churches (Gatehouse) – To provide funds needed to extend staff working hours from 60 hours per week to 70, and help in the creation of outreach hubs across the city.
  • Justice In Motion – To support the recording of the stories of Ukrainian refugees through audio and portraits in partnership with Oxford Festival of Arts and Ovada.
  • Makespace Oxford CIC – To support the Playkit, a collection of toys and books for young children, and space upgrades, to improve accessibility of The Community Works, to make the entrance safer and run a higher variety of events.
  • Mandala Theatre Company – To support the participation of young people in the Rencontre International Youth Theatre Festival in Grenoble, France (one of Oxford’s twinned cities) in July 2023.
  • MyVision Oxfordshire – To support the provision of activities for visually impaired children and young people (aged 0-25) through the Children and Young People Project for families in Oxford.
  • Nigerian Community Oxfordshire – To support seminars and several courses including Nigerian language courses, revision courses and Nigerian women empowerment courses (including a keep fit class).
  • Open Door – To provide funding for a kitchen co-ordinator, food and catering supplies for the service for five months while they provide a calm and sociable environment, advice, support and a free hot meal.
  • Ovada Ltd – To support the running costs of providing creative projects for Ukrainian refugees such as RESISdANCE, Justice in Motion’s dance and photography project and Hooligan Art Community’s Bunker Cabaret.
  • Oxford Community Action – To support the work with black and minoritised families from Blackbird Leys, Cowley, Rose Hill and Littlemore in the half term school holidays by providing enriching educational activities for children ages 8-12 and hot healthy meals for children who are eligible for free school meals.
  • Oxford Contemporary Music – To support the provision of music making workshops and activities for children aged 11-14 in Barton in a project called Listen Up, engaging with 10 participants a week. To also support the Music Matters project for children aged 0-5, using the musical principles of Kodaly to further develop movement, numeracy, confidence and communication in infants.
  • Oxford Dance Forum (ODF) – To support the year long professional development programme for dance artists living and working in Oxford, allowing opportunities for progression such as peer to peer Creative Labs and bursary support.
  • Oxford Film and Video Makers Ltd – To support outreach programmes in advance of The Shadowlight Artists’ new exhibition “Our Lives in Macro” at the Old Fire Station Gallery to ensure their exhibition is accessible and engaging to a wide audience.
  • Oxford Lieder – To support the running of six family concerts for parents and children aged 4-9 as part of Oxford Leider’s 2023 Festival programme, with live performances presented by professional musicians from their Young Artist Programme.
  • Oxford Opera Trust CIC – To support the funding of the development and delivery of the “Opera in a Day” programme, a series of workshops dedicated to engaging Oxford residents of all ages in opera, led by opera industry professionals.
  • Oxford People’s Theatre – To support a free 4-day school holiday workshop for young people aged 11-18 with a director and musical director, during which they will create their own tale to be included in a final co-collaborative OPT production.
  • Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra – To support the funding of the concert “The Orchestral Music of Afghanistan”, featuring works by Afghan composers living in exile, celebrating the rich history and culture of Afghanistan.
  • Oxfordshire Asian Women’s Voice – To support people at Rose Hill Community Centre running healthy eating sessions for the local community, providing funding for staff, ingredients and utensils.
  • Oxfordshire Chinese Community and Advice Centre (OCCAC) – To provide funding for the 34th Lunar New Year Celebration, and further support for multi-lingual/multi-cultural services such as Tai Chi sessions and interpretation/advocacy sessions for non-English speaking, hard-to-reach communities.
  • Pro Dance Oxford – To support a project inviting 10 guest practitioners to deliver high-quality training sessions, develop practice and enrich the cultural landscape in Oxford with dance.
  • Rauni Barros Da Silva – To support Film Festivals with funding for equipment locations, and for organising venues.
  • Sheridan Voysey – To support working to prevent loneliness in the community by funding two evidence-based pilot courses on how to form and deepen adult friendships, with approx. 30 participants available for each course.
  • South Oxford Arts – To support the outreach programme South Oxford Arts are running to allow their community arts group reach a wider audience increase the groups’ visibility.
  • T(ART) Productions CIC – To support their research into the local LGBTQIA+ community, develop local training programmes, support T(ART)’s new projects and their youth group work with Pegasus Theatre and My Normal.
  • Tandem Collective – To support Starting Sessions, a global folk community running local workshops to bring communities together to celebrate and share their cultures.
  • The City of Oxford Choir – To support the cost of a choral exchange programme between The City of Oxford Choir and The Leiden English Choir (in our twin city in the Netherlands).
  • Westmill Woodland Burial Ground CIC/Kicking the Bucket Festival of Living and Dying – To fund the planting of a Covid memorial tree, installation of a bench and memorial plaque in Bury Knowle Park, and to support the 4th Kicking the Bucket Festival of Living and Dying.
  • Wolvercote Young People’s Club – To support the Summer Youth Project in providing places to 100 young people aged 8-17 for free.
  • Wood Farm Parent and Toddler Group – To support building hire, cost of refreshments and supplies for Arts and Crafts sessions.
  • Yellow Submarine - To support the costs of one employee to work 1:1 with 15 highly socially isolated neurodiverse 11-25 year olds for 6 months or longer.

Round 1: Small and Medium Grantees 2023-24

  • Activate Learning, City of Oxford College (Activate Rugby Academy) -To support the cost of flights to Fukuoka, Japan, for the City of Oxford College, England Girls representative side, in the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament 2023
  • African & African Caribbean Kultural Heritage Initiative (ACKHI) - Funding will support a 3 day festival (22-24 June) as part of a lasting legacy to celebrate, remember, commemorate and educate multi-culturalism on society and culture, in partnership with the Oxford Windrush Working Group. www.ackhi.org  
  • Al-Amal Oxfrd Arabic School part of the Oxford North Africa Community (ONAC) – To support paying the fees for hiring the classes
  • Arts at the Old Fire Station - To support learning for the Big Ideas Community Impact Fund grantees and assist reporting to the OCC cabinet through storytelling that reflect people’s individual experiences across a range of different partners and projects in the city. https://oldfirestation.org.uk/
  • Asylum Welcome - To provide support to 220 asylum seekers and refugees staying in the temporary emergency hotel in Blackbird Leys and to cover the rent of the Blackbird Leys Community Centre. https://www.asylum-welcome.org/
  • Barton Community Association - To support costs of hiring Youth Workers to support youth activities at Barton Neighbourhood Centre. http://www.bartoncommunityassociation.com/
  • Be Free young Carers - To support young carer befriending service which provides most vulnerable young carers with a break from their caring role responsibilities in the presence of a trusted, trained adult. http://www.befreeyc.org.uk/
  • Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground (BLAP) - To support the local community by providing a place of safety where children and young people can play together, learn how to co-operate with others and have fun as they exercise in the fresh air and learn new skills. www.blap.org.uk
  • Blackbird Leys Parish Council – To support a series of events to bring together the Leys Community, including Leys Fate (in the past Leys Festival), Community Information events (Cost of living and other local issues), and events  for young people, families (like the "Meet a Santa") and seniors. https://www.blackbirdleysparishcouncil.gov.uk/
  • Ceri Ashcroft (Tiny Ideas Oxford) - The funding would support provision of free events (including 6 free library show and stay and play sessions for under threes at Cowley, Botley, Littlemore, Blackbird Leys Summertown and City Centre libraries in the Spring) as part of Festival programming. www.tinyideasoxford.com
  • Damascus Rose Kitchen (DRK) - Funding will support expand the start-up of refugee women, including training and purchase of catering and business equipment. https://www.damascusrosekitchen.org/
  • Donnington Doorstep - To support extend additional service offer that is currently in place for drop-in under 5s families to the youth club and to provide cooking activities to the weekly youth group. www.donnington-doorstep.org.uk
  • EMBS Community College Ltd - Funding will support engaging 25-35 digitally excluded, socially isolated disadvantaged adults through outreach, publicity and partnerships and provide short introductory IT courses. www.embs.ac.uk
  • Folk Arts Oxford (Folk Weekend Oxford) - The grant will support costs to advertise the event with festival programme (5000 copies) and provide information to audience and participants, and cover the rental of a festival hub www.folkweekendoxford.co.uk  www.folk-arts-oxford.co.uk
  • Fusion Arts Centre in partnership with Green Arts Oxfordshire Network – To support create a sector-wide shift towards net zero across the arts in Oxford, through a custom Carbon Literacy Training course, accredited by the internationally recognised Carbon Literacy Project. www.greenartsox.co.uk
  • Headington Action - The grant will support the annual Headington Festival on 3 and 4 June in Bury Knowle Park, which showcases the multiple organisations in East Oxford which provides public services or events. www.headingtonaction.org
  • Iranian Community Network (ICN) – To support provision of specifically designed hybrid English-Language-Digital Skills classes by educational/Digital Skills, and professional volunteers that will focus on the daily needs of refugees and asylum seekers within communities. www.icn-uk.org
  • Justice in Motion - To develop youth engagement programme connected to CODE-a new touring production, which will deliver a four-stage programme of open access parkour sessions, rap/lyrics & trials bike workshops, youth leadership activities, and a creative residency leading to a performance with young people in Blackbird Leys. https://www.justiceinmotion.co.uk/   
  • Mandala Theatre Company - To support young people in Mandala Young Company to participate in the Rencontre International Youth Theatre Festival in Grenoble, France in July 2023. www.mandalatheatre.co.uk
  • MES Creations CIC – To support Alphabet Soup initiative that works with youth and community groups to provide free art sessions for young people, in locations secured as part of the Open Walls Network. www.openwallsnetwork.org
  • MyVision Oxfordshire - Grant funding will support information and advice project, a telephone helpline to signpost people to the right place. https://www.myvision.org.uk/
  • Old Headington Village Hall – To support with installation of a hearing loop system in the community hall. www.oldheadingtonvillagehall.co.uk
  • Orchestra of St John's - To support weekly serenading performances engage with vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the community, including perform for patients at the Warneford and Littlemore hospital sites specialising in Psychiatric Care, Adult Mental Illness and Learning Disabilities - those who are least able to attend performances in person in traditional concert settings. www.osj.org.uk
  • OVADA LTD - To support hold a creative and community-centred event in the warehouse for sharing resources and knowledge as part of the Marmalade Festival in April. www.ovada.org.uk
  • Oxford Mutual Aid - The grant will support strengthen OMA’s case management and signposting for emergency food provision. https://www.oxfordmutualaid.org/
  • Oxford Padova Link – To support organising art exhibition in primary and secondary schools, at St. John’s College Kendrew Barn Gallery (1-20th July 2023) and later in Padova. 
  • Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra – To support with the FUNomusica Family Concert, an in-person Family Concert at the Oxford Town Hall on 28 May which will feature an arts and craft session related to the theme and an opportunity for children to try a variety of musical instruments. https://oxfordphil.com/
  • Oxford Playhouse – To support make theatre accessible for hearing and visually impaired in the community through regular sign-language, captioned and audio described performances, dementia-friendly performances, and touch tours. www.oxfordplayhouse.com
  • Oxford Preservation Trust - To support the costs of organising Oxford Open Doors 2023 and focus on engaging Oxford’s younger population of 15 to 27-year-olds. https://www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk/
  • Oxford Pride Group Ltd – Funding will support the grantee make the event to be more accessible by having BSL Interpreters, a raised accessibility area, mobiloo, etc. www.oxfordpride.uk
  • Oxford Shakespeare Ensemble (Creation Theatre) - The grant will support staff costs for a Family Engagement Officer to ensure both Creation’s professional productions and education output are reaching families across Oxford. www.creationtheatre.co.uk
  • Oxford Youth Enterprise Ltd (Name It Youth Project) - To support expand project delivery to incorporate holiday periods through creating open access spaces for ALL young people where they can engage in fun activities, informal educational workshops, trips and residential experiences with peers.
  • Oxfordshire Asian Women's Voice – To support with project activities for the elderly community members, low income households, young and pay for room hire for the weekly sessions and for tutors for the courses. https://facebook.com/oxfordshireasianwomensvoice/
  • Oxfordshire CLT Limited – To support with staff costs https://www.oclt.org.uk/
  • Oxfordshire Play Association (OPA) – To support organise a series of Play and Activity days at multiple venues across Oxfordshire in line with the ethos of National Playday, the celebration of the Childs Right to Play, for the communities of Cutteslowe and Northway / Marston. www.oxonplay.org.uk
  • RAW Workshop – To support with the 12 week programme linked to employers in Oxford City where adults facing disadvantage learn new skills and improve their employability. www.raw-workshop.co.uk
  • ReadEasy Oxford Group - Grant funding will support training more coaches and acquire the further resources needed to support an additional 14 adults learn to read. https://readeasy.org.uk/groups/oxford/
  • Refugee Resource - Grant funding will enable access to mentoring services for refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants to help them navigate their day-to-day life and integrate into the local community. https://www.refugeeresource.org.uk/
  • Rose Hill & Donnington Advice Centre Limited – To support with staff cost to review case recording system, supervision model and monitoring systems to maximise efficiency. https://rhdadvice.org
  • Rose Hill Community Larder – To support pay the rent for the weekly use of the premises in the Social Club at Rose Hill Community Centre during the period 2023 – 2026. https://www.facebook.com/RoseHillCommunityLarder
  • South Oxford Arts - Funds will support provision of opportunities for people within the local community to participate in the creative arts with a view to including & encouraging links with other organisations that work with vulnerable people. 
  • Syrian Sisters - Funding will contribute to core costs of room hire at the Rose Hill Community Centre, volunteer costs, coordinator costs, stocking our community food bank, long life food products, baby products, feminine hygiene products, cupboard essentials and events like Eid celebrations and Ramadan food baskets, celebratory event, children's activities, community outreach Health & wellbeing sessions. https://www.facebook.com/SyrianSisters
  • T(ART) Productions CIC - To support running a 5-day course in drag performance for young people (13-18) in partnership with Pegasus Theatre. www.tartproductions.co.uk
  • Tandem Oxford CIC (Tandem Collective) - To support with weekly peer-sharing workshops that engage local participants from both migrant communities and British backgrounds in learning traditional music from each other’s cultures, building connections and mutual support. www.musicintandem.org
  • The Archway Foundation - To support improve the health and wellbeing of lonely and isolated adults whose physical and mental wellbeing has been negatively impacted by the pandemic. www.archwayfoundation.org.uk
  • Waste2Taste CIC - This grant will support to extend the hours of the Community Food and Nutrition Development worker to build on existing trusted relationships with the local community, other grassroots groups and local health professionals to design and deliver a range of suitable, community led food and nutrition programs/ resources that are responsive to local needs and appropriate for a range of different groups, and also deliver 10 weeks- 4 hr In-depth holistic cooking for health and wellbeing courses. https://www.waste2taste.co.uk
  • Wolvercote Young People's Club- Funding will support with running the seniors club to a high standard and make some improvements. https://wypc.org.uk/
  • Wood Farm Parent & Toddler Group - To support with rent costs, refreshments, arts & crafts, cleaning equipment.
  • Yellow Submarine Holidays – To support traineeship programme for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism where individuals learn new transferable skills, gain recognised employability qualifications (Entry Level to Level 2), and are enabled to tread a path towards employment and independence. www.yellowsubmarine.org.uk

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