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Capital Grant Scheme 2022-23

This scheme is now closed for new applications.

Funding decisions will be made by the end of March 2023.

Through this grant we’re able to provide funding to voluntary and community organisations to help build thriving communities and improve the quality of life for the residents in the district through capital projects that; improve economic and community well-being, provides infrastructure that meets local need, that protect and restore our natural world; and take action on the climate emergency.

If you think your organisation has a project that could be eligible for this grant scheme, please contact us at and we will be happy to set up a meeting to discuss your project.

How much is available and what can it be used for?

We have a total budget available of £320,000 to award for capital projects take place in the district or within a three-mile radius of the district boundary. You can request a minimum of £1,000 and a maximum of £75,000 and up to 50 per cent of your total project costs.

Applications should focus on projects that benefit significant numbers of South Oxfordshire residents, or that that will improve outcomes for disadvantaged groups and contribute towards at least one of the council Corporate Plan priorities 2020-2024 (please see the related links on this page to find out more).

Please read our short guide for help identifying capital expenditure for community grant purposes.

For ideas of what previous grants have funded, please refer to our list of grants awarded.

For more information please do take a look at our latest policy which you can access and download via the button below.

There are some changes to the policy since the last round that applicants should be aware of, they include:

  • We may not fund projects which could directly, or indirectly have a negative impact on supporting the council to achieve its Corporate Plan aims
  • To encourage more equal opportunities for smaller organisations to secure the money they need, 15 per cent of the schemes budget (£48,000) will be reserved for smaller projects with a project value of up to 10 per cent of the total budget (£32,000). Applicants will still be able to request 50 per cent of their total project costs
  • Should the application not receive enough points to be awarded any funding, the Community Grants Panel also have the discretion to recommend a grant award of up to £10,000 if an award can be justified as an important project for the community, or if Members are concerned that failure to fund the project or activity could result in a net disbenefit to the wider community

Capital grant scheme application

Who can apply?

  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Non-profit businesses and Community Interest Companies
  • Community based organisations

Who isn’t eligible?

  • Other local authorities/public sector bodies (for example Oxfordshire County Council, NHS trusts)
  • Groups who raise funds on behalf of or will improve/create facilities that will predominately benefit an ineligible organisation (for example PTA’s delivering projects to benefit their school)
  • Projects that usually fall to other public sector/statutory bodies to provide, or will primarily benefit organisations under their remit
  • Individuals (this includes making any payments to individuals on behalf of community groups)
  • Profit-based businesses


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.

If you need any of our documents in a different format please email

Get in touch

After reviewing our grant policy, we would welcome any questions, so please do drop us an email at

Contact us - Community grants

01235 422405
(Text phone users add 18001 before dialing)

South Oxfordshire District Council
Abbey House
Abbey Close
OX14 3JE