Councillor community grants

Please read our funding guidelines before starting an application. Which you can download via the link below.

Each South Oxfordshire district councillor has £5,000 to award to projects or services that offer community benefits in their ward area. 

We are keen to fund projects that support the council’s Corporate Plan priorities (2020-2024) in particular; to protect and restore our natural world; action on the climate emergency and improved economic and community well-being.

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.

Head to our democracy pages to find the details of the ward councillor or councillors for your area.  

How much is available and what for? 

The minimum grant is £250 and the maximum is £5,000 for each councillor. The funding given must benefit the community in the councillor’s ward area, and we can fund up to 100 per cent of the total cost of a project.

If the funding allocated is for a capital project, the total cost must be £10,000 or less. Revenue projects have no such maximum.

The scheme is now open and will run until noon Friday 5 February 2021 or when all the budget has been allocated. We therefore recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. 

Who can apply? 

We would like to hear from non-profit community organisations whose primary purpose is to benefit the residents of South Oxfordshire. Town and parish councils may also apply.

Who can’t apply?

  • Other local authorities or public sector bodies (for example, Oxfordshire County Council or NHS Trusts) Please note: Town/parish councils and parish meetings are eligible to apply
  • Groups who raise funds on behalf of, or whose project will mainly benefit ineligible organisations (such as PTAs who directly support their school)
  • Individuals, including payments made to individuals on behalf of community groups
  • Profit-based businesses
  • Political and lobbying groups
  • Organisations who operate a grant scheme of their own, or who budget for giving grants/donations in their annual budget. Please note: Town/parish councils and parish meetings are eligible to apply
  • Nationwide organisations (however, we do welcome locally constituted scouting groups and similar)


The council is committed to promoting equality and diversity and welcomes applications from organisations representing minority or vulnerable groups. We encourage all applicants to make their projects as inclusive and accessible to all as possible.

Get in touch

We encourage applicants to contact their local councillor to enquire whether the project is something they would be interested in funding. 

 If you have any questions about the scheme please email .

Contact us - Community grants

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01235 422405
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South Oxfordshire District Council
135 Eastern Avenue
Milton Park
OX14 4SB