Fund raising

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.

To help local organisations in their search for funding OCC has taken out a subscription to GRANTnet. This allows you to search the database which contains over 4,000 funding opportunities from United Kingdom and European Commission sources.

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.

Community Chest

Funding for children and young people for out of school play and leisure. Funding for Community Chest has now ended. (July 2011) OCC can't currently fund any applications for assistance.

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
  • Grants Online
  • GrantsNet
  • Lottery Good Causes
  • Awards for All
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Sport England
  • Arts Council
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • WREN
    Waste Recycling Environmental Limited. Provide grants under the terms and conditions of the Landfill Communities Fund (formerly the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme).
  • DCMS
    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.
  • KIDS
    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.

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