Funding and grants for groups and individuals.
Oxfordshire County Council has a section on it’s website about Funding and grants for groups and individuals. Many of the links on this page are taken from there.
GRANTNET – Free to use funding database.
Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action (OCVA)
OCVA runs a free Funding Advice Service for voluntary and community organisations and the Development Team can help you put your application together and offer advice on other sources of help. [OCVA website]
The Oxfordshire Guide to Funding Opportunities 2011
This is currently being updated. You can also use Source Oxfordshire which helps businesses and voluntary organisations understand the procurement and grants processes as well as helping to find and apply for opportunities in Oxfordshire and further afield.
Big Society fund – February 2011
Oxfordshire County Council has created the Big Society fund of £600,000 so that community groups can bid for funds to help them take responsibility for providing services in their communities. It will be one-off funding to help communities get their ideas going. For more information and guidance go to the Big Society Fund pages.
Play Design Grants
The Play Design Grants (PDG) are small grants to help groups develop their ideas for improving the play spaces in their communities.
Playbuilder Capital Grant
£1,000,000 funding from the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) part of the ‘Fair Play’ initiative, that aims to change the way play spaces are commissioned, designed and built. [link]
Chill Out Fund for youth activities
Improving and extending provision for children and young people in Oxfordshire [link]
Village hall grants
OCC have a small grants scheme to fund improvements to village halls and community centres in market towns, including Oxford. All enquiries about this fund should be made to the Oxfordshire Rural Community Council (ORCC) who administers the scheme on their behalf.
List of links to funding and grant making bodies
- Chill Out Fund
- Garfield Weston Foundation
- Grants Online
- Lottery Good Causes
- Awards for All
- Big Lottery Fund
- Sport England
- Arts Council
- Heritage Lottery Fund
Waste Recycling Environmental Limited. Provide grants under the terms and conditions of the Landfill Communities Fund (formerly the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme).
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
- Directory of Social Change
South East Museum, Library & Archive Council
- Government Funding
- Oxfordshire Community Foundation
- The API
Lead trade body within the play sector representing the interests of manufacturers, designers and distributors of both indoor and outdoor play equipment and play area surfacing.
- Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
- The Football Foundation
One of the largest sports charities in the world and certainly the largest in the UK. They are an important funder of multi-use games areas.
- The Forestry Commission
Deliver practical programmes to make sure that, as communities and individuals, we can get the most from our forests. Search for Play Space on their excellent website for a variety of resources.
- The Free Play Network
Aims to promote greater public understanding of the need for better play opportunities for children, by promoting discussion, exchange of information, and guidance on best practice in development of children’s play opportunities.
Work for disabled children, young people and their families. KIDS vision is a world in which all disabled children and young people realise their aspirations and their right to an inclusive community which supports them and their families.
- The Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Has been awarded £761,000 over three years to make grants from between £250 to £5,000 in a straightforward and easy way, to voluntary and community groups with annual incomes below £20,000.
- The Oxfordshire Playing Fields Association (OPFA)
A body of expertise on local Outdoor Play, they organise a Children’s Playground Inspection Roadshow programme.
- The Oxfordshire Play Association (OPA)
a registered charity that promotes play for all children & young people throughout Oxfordshire.
- Play England
provides advice and support to promote good practice, and works to ensure that the importance of play is recognised by policy makers, planners and the public.
- Play Wales
the national organisation for children’s play in Wales.
multi-faceted independent play and informal leisure consultancy working in the areas of design, planning, policy, strategy, local engagement, fundraising and organisational development.
Some other useful links
- Background information about funding for Village/Community Halls from Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity
Google “grants for village halls” and you’ll find more similar lists.