Funding News

This page has details of a variety of different sources of funding which may assist your council. Please be aware each funding source will have different qualifying criteria, time scales and application methodology. Check carefully before you apply.

The Janet & Bryan Moore Charitable Trust

The Janet & Bryan Moore Charitable Trust has been established to support projects which unite local communities within the counties of Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire.

The Trust is very keen to receive applications. The maximum grant is £20,000.

All grants award by the Trust must be used to cover costs that are directly connected to carrying out the charitable activities that the Trustees have agreed to fund (Funded Activities).  

Grants can be used either to cover costs that are directly connected to carrying out the charitable activities that the Trustees have agreed to fund or to fund expenditure on the following:
(a) Salary costs;
(b) Capital expenditure, provided the Applicant is able to demonstrate that the expenditure is essential to the charitable activities that the Trustees have agreed to fund and that any assets acquired using grant money will be used for similar purposes after then end of the proposed activities;
(c) Contributions to the cost of overheads, provided that the Applicant is able to demonstrate that such overhead costs are essential for, and directly linked to, the charitable activities that the Trustees have agreed to fund; and
(d) Other types of expenditure.

If the Applicant is a non-charitable organisation the proposal must also:
(a) provide evidence that the organisation has a bank account with at least two unrelated signatories; and
(b) demonstrate that all of the activities in the proposal will qualify as being charitable for the public benefit if they are undertaken by an organisation that is registered as a Trust in England and Wales.

More information and an application form on their website here -

Awards for All

A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000.

We're here to support communities with the things that are important to them, including mitigating the impact of the cost-of-living crisis and supporting them as they seek to recover, rebuild and grow following the Covid-19 pandemic.

We’ll also help communities celebrate the national events that are important to them - including the Coronation of His Majesty The King, The Eurovision Song Contest and the 75th anniversary of Windrush.

You can apply for funding to deliver a new or existing activity or to support your organisation to change and adapt to new and future challenges.

In order to support communities, we fund projects and organisations which aim to:

  • build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage
  • support people, communities and organisations that are facing increased demands and challenges as a direct result of the cost-of-living crisis.


Area -  England

Suitable for - Voluntary or community organisations

Funding size - £300 to £10,000, for up to one year

Application deadline - Ongoing. Apply at least 12 weeks before you want to start the activities or spend any of the money.

Apply at least 12 weeks before you need the funding

It usually takes around 12 weeks to get a decision from us. Before then you cannot spend any of the money or run the activities you need funding for. We’ll assess applications in the order they’re submitted.

Reaching Communities Fund - The Big Lottery

The National Lottery Community Fund’s Reaching Communities England awards grants of over £10,000 to charities, voluntary and community groups and social enterprises who want to take action on the issues that matter to people and communities.

Applications must demonstrate how your ideas will make positive changes in your community. Current project priorities are:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

More information from here 

Funds Available for Projects in the Cotswolds National Landscapes

We welcome applications that fit in one or more of our four themes:
  • Conservation of habitats and species
  • Heritage and landscape
  • Improving access
  • Education

Grants start at £500 and go up to £2,500. We are looking for high quality projects in the Cotswolds that could be delivered relatively quickly if a Caring for the Cotswolds grant was offered.

In order to apply, you will need to complete an application form and project budget, making sure you follow the guidance document. All three forms are available below:

In the last grants round, applications were initially reviewed by the Youth Panel, followed by the Grants Panel.

If you would like to discuss a project idea please contact James Webb, Partnerships and Fundraising Lead,


OCVA Guide to Funding Opportunities 

OCVA have general advice and guidance on potential sources of funding on their website. Their website provides pointers to specialised sources of funding by category and other useful tips and hints to help you make a successful grant application.


Sport England Small Grants Programme

We want to support projects that bring communities together and provide sport and physical activities for people who may be less physically active.

We also particularly want to support projects focusing on environmental sustainability.

We believe that communities that work together and share resources provide a stronger and more sustainable impact.

Therefore, we want applications from projects that demonstrate how they connect with their communities, make best use of the existing skills and assets in an area, and will provide the biggest possible impact to those who need it most.

We also want projects to show how they've sought to reduce their impact on the environment through the goods and services they use to deliver the activity.

Please be aware that we always have more applications than we're able to fund, so our priority is to support projects working with people in disadvantaged communities.

See the section on priorities for more information.

More information here



The Armed Forces Community Covenant Fund

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust awards grants through specific funding programmes, each with its own aim(s), often based on community consultation.

Our current open programmes are listed on the website as well as details of how grant funding has already been spent in support of the Armed Forces community.

Each of our open programmes has its own specific programme guidance, which you should read carefully before deciding whether or not to apply. Our guidance documents explain the eligibility for the programme, and the checks that we will carry out.

More information 



Oxfordshire Community Foundation

OCF Grants
Choose a grant programme

Please sign up for our updates to be informed about which grants we have available and do check our other sources of funding links further down this page.

We  have also created a Top Tips page for grant applications.

Note the Step Change Fund grants are always open on a rolling basis.

For more information and details of how to apply check the OCF website.

Biffa Award

The Main Grant scheme Recreation and Community Building project theme requires an active Biffa operation to be within 5 miles of the project site OR an active Biffa Landfill site within 10 miles. In addition your project must be within 10 miles of any registered landfill site. However, if you’re applying under the Main Grants Rebuilding Biodiversity theme, the radius of the Biffa operation is extended to within 15 miles.

More information here on the Biffa Award website.

The Biffa Award Board meets three times annually. At each meeting the Board considers applications from these project themes:

  • Rebuilding Biodiversity
  • Community Buildings
  • Recreation
  • Cultural facilities

with each theme being considered twice annually.

 Once your application is received, it will be seen at the next appropriate Board meeting relevant to your theme.