Funding available for volunteer groups and organisations

Voluntary and community sector groups can apply for funds to help people affected coronavirus. South Oxfordshire District Council has £45,373 to distribute to projects that are delivering essential services to vulnerable residents in the districts who are struggling to afford food and other essential provisions as a result of coronavirus.

Voluntary groups and organisations can now apply for grants of up to £5,000 to go towards:

  • projects directly helping vulnerable people affected by the effects of coronavirus, such as providing access to food and other essentials e.g. toiletries;
  • existing schemes supporting people struggling to afford food and other essentials, and where the need is greatest;
  • projects advising and providing information to people to help them access longer term support they might need, such as benefits;
  • projects that provide targeted support in areas of greatest need and deprivation, including rural areas.

Town and Parish Councils who are collaborating with un-constituted third-party groups e.g. coronavirus community response groups, mutual aid groups are also eligible to apply.

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. The first deadline for applications is midnight on Tuesday 15 September 2020.  Further rounds will be assessed every two weeks thereafter, and the scheme will remain open until the funds are spent, so early applications are encouraged.

To apply, please read the application guidance notes before completing the online form which you can find on the South Oxfordshire website.

The funding comes from £63 million of emergency assistance from the government for local authorities to support people who are struggling to afford food and other essential provisions as a result of coronavirus

For further information contact the Community Connector Team at  or the South Oxfordshire website.