Councillor community grants

This scheme is currently closed but we expect to reopen in July 2018 and will publish the exact opening date once this is confirmed. 

To register to receive an email when we have a confirmed opening date for the 2018/19 scheme please email with the subject line 'inform me when the councillor grant scheme opens'. 

When we reopen, each South Oxfordshire district councillor will have £5,000 to award grants to projects or services that offer community benefits in their ward area. 

Applications should focus on projects that deliver a clear and demonstrable benefit to the people of South Oxfordshire, specifically in the ward area of the district councillor considering the request.

Click here to find out the ward councillor for your area.  

Basic rules of the 2017/18 scheme (we are currently reviewing the policy and these may change for 2018/19)

  • Projects must benefit the community in the councillor’s ward area
  • The minimum grant is £500 and the maximum £5,000 for each councillor (budget permitting)
  • A councillor can fund up to 100 per cent of the total cost of a project (budget permitting)
  • The project must be completed within 12 months of the grant award decision

Who is eligible?

  • Town and parish councils and parish meetings (unless they run their own grant scheme with a set budget and application process)
  • Local constituted ‘not for profit’ organisations whose primary purpose is to benefit the residents of South Oxfordshire.

Who is not eligible?

  • Other local authorities/public sector bodies (for example Oxfordshire County Council, NHS trusts) 
  • Individuals (this includes making any payments to individuals on behalf of community groups)
  • Profit-based businesses (private businesses)
  • Political and lobbying groups
  • Organisations who give grants or fund other not-for-profit organisations
  • Nationwide organisations

Please note you will need to provide the following documents to support your application

  • Signed constitution (not town or parish councils)
  • Detailed financial records
  • Signed authorisation from organisation to apply on their behalf

Last reviewed: 13 - 06 - 2018

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