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Community Grants for 2024/25

We will open new rounds of the Everyone Active, Capital and the Councillor Community Grant Schemes this year. We are currently updating our funding guidance prior to launching these schemes. Please look out for further updates on this page.

Everyone Active Grant Scheme – now open

Do you have a project that could improve the health and wellbeing of our residents or provide high-quality active opportunities in one of our communities? We have a budget of £50,000 available annually for our voluntary sector who support communities to become more active and sustain activities.

Funding Advice Sessions: Appointments available 13:00 – 16:30

Thursday 20 June 2024, Cornerstone, Didcot

Thursday 18 July 2024, Chinnor Village Centre

We understand that the grant application process can seem daunting and as a result, we are providing a funding advice session where you can discuss your project(s) with a member of the team.

  • We can discuss various upcoming grants
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Which type of documents are accepted ie governing documents
  • Which permissions will need to be in place ie planning permission

If you would like to attend, please email grants@southandvale.gov.uk or call 01235 422405 to book a time slot.  If you are unable to attend, we are happy to book a phone call or Teams meeting with you another time. 

Cornerstone, DidcotHow to get here.  Chinnor Village Centre – How to get here.

Capital Grant Scheme – opening 8 July

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.

Councillor Community Grant Scheme – opening in August

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.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Grant Fund

Expression of Interest (EOI) stage has now closed.

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.

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 to support community nature recovery projects.

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 business.support@southandvale.gov.uk

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

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 May 2024 in the download below

External Funding Opportunities

  • Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Energy Efficiency Fund – Are you a charity, community organisation, or social enterprise, with a building where you are offering help to those struggling with rising living costs? Would you like help reducing your energy bills and creating a warmer, more welcoming space for your volunteers, staff and service users? To check your eligibility and apply for this government funding go to the Groundwork website.
  • 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
Abingdon
OX14 3JE