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Community Grants for 2023/24

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Grant Fund

Expression of Interest (EOI) stage is now open for a six-week period

South Oxfordshire District Council collects CIL funding from liable housing developments to provide infrastructure required to support the growth of the district. Through this pilot grant scheme, we’re helping local organisations to access funding to deliver infrastructure for their community required as a direct result from local growth.

Food and Warmth Grant Scheme – now closed

Organisations are invited to apply for grants from £2,000 up to a maximum of £10,000. This is available to help with buying food, fuel and other essential supplies and to help fund projects to support residents in financial hardship with food and warmth.

Councillor Community grant scheme – closed

This scheme closed for applications midday Friday 1 December 2023.

Is your organisation looking for funding for a small capital project, or a one-off revenue project? Each South Oxfordshire district councillor has £5,000 to award to projects or services that offer community benefits in their ward area, budget permitting.  We are particularly keen to fund projects of greatest impact for residents, such as activities that protect and restore our natural world, promote action on the climate emergency and improve economic and community well-being.

New fund for nature recovery projects – open

Do you have a project that could increase biodiversity and encourage public access to green spaces in the district. We have a fund of £50,000 in 2023/24 to support community nature recovery projects.

Capital Grant Scheme – closed

This scheme closed for applications midday Friday 3 November 2023.

Are you a voluntary or community organisation looking for funding towards capital projects that help to build thriving communities and improve the quality of life for the residents in the district?

If so, we are keen to fund projects that; improve economic and community well-being, provide infrastructure that meets local need, that protect and restore our natural world; and take action on the climate emergency.

Everyone Active grant scheme – now closed

Do you have a project that could improve the health and wellbeing of our residents or provide a high-quality active opportunity in one of our communities? We have a budget of £50,000 in 2023/24 to support communities to become more active and sustain activity.

Business support

If you are a business that has applied for a government business grant or want information about the schemes available then please contact the South and Vale Business Support team  by emailing

If you’d like further information about the grants awarded or completed, please contact the Grants team on 01235 422405 or email

Please contact the grants team if you need any help with one of the schemes or your application.

Other types of council and partnership funding

You can find out more about the grants awarded up to September 2023 in the download below

External Funding Opportunities

  • Community Ownership Fund – Government funding to help communities take ownership of community assets at risk of closure.  Detailed funding guidance, eligibility criteria and expression of interest form is via the Government website Further information can be found online via the My Community Website.

How we use your data and why

Please read more about how we may use your information and your rights, including those about accessing your records, by downloading our Community Enablement team’s Privacy Notice 

Contact us - Community grants

01235 422405
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South Oxfordshire District Council
Abbey House
Abbey Close
OX14 3JE