A new round of funding is now open to help local charities and organisations in South Oxfordshire. Earlier this year, South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) awarded £165,000 worth of grants to 96 projects across the district.
As a part of the Councillor Community Grant scheme, every SODC Councillor has a budget of up to £5,000 to award to local projects that directly benefit residents in their ward. Organisations who are ‘not-for-profit’ can now apply for grants from £250 up to a maximum of £5,000 per councillor in their ward for projects that will bring positive outcomes for local residents.
Before applying, applicants are encouraged to get in touch with their local councillor (see below) to discuss their project and to get further information and details on eligibility (see link below). Applications are made online and the first round of funding closes at noon on Friday 1st October 2021.
The last round of funding, which closed earlier this year, was able to help a range of projects from biodiversity and wildlife projects, but also those that improve mental health and wellbeing through bringing people together and family focused projects giving children access to free play and activities.
Many of these projects focus on areas that SODC has set as priorities in its Corporate Plan, which include restoring our natural world, and improved economic and community well-being. When organisations apply for this round of funding, they are also being encouraged to think about how their project would contribute to the council’s priorities for the district.