Funding and Development
Return to Play funding
Is your club or organisation seeing increased numbers thanks to the Olympics and Paralympics? Funds are available through Sport England's Return to Play fund to help you cover your extra costs - from more equipment to hiring new coaches. See how to apply below.
General funding opportunities
Whether you are a village club who needs to purchase extra equipment or a multi-million pound facility that hosts Olympic athletes, they have a funding programme that can help you.
Check out their range of new funding opportunities.
Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund
To mark and celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this year, Sport England want to support projects that bring a community together and provide opportunities for people who may be less physically active.
This fund will make awards, using National Lottery funding, of between £300 and £10,000, from a total pot of up to £5m.
The National Lottery - Community Fund
The National Lottery Community Fund distributes over £600m a year to communities across the UK, raised by players of The National Lottery. They provide funding for projects Under £10,000 and different funding programmes for longer term projects over £10,000.
Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action (OCVA)
OCVA aim to find the best source of funding to enable your group to achieve its objectives.
Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF)
OCF provides a variety of grant programmes that help community groups and charities in Oxfordshire improve people's lives.
DCMS Youth COVID19 Support Fund
Open to grassroots youth clubs, uniformed youth groups, and national youth and umbrella organisations, it will help to mitigate the impact of lost income during the winter period due to the coronavirus pandemic, and ensure services providing vital support can remain viable.
This fund will focus on enabling the struggling, but most impactful, youth organisations to continue operating, where they may have scaled back service provision or temporarily closed due to reductions in their income following Covid-19.
Oxfordshire County Council
Funding for community groups - information provided on how voluntary and community organisations can find and apply for funding opportunities
Oxford Community Impact Fund
Oxford City Council is launching two new grants made possible with the support of the Oxford Community Impact Fund for individuals and groups wanting to make positive change for those in need across Oxford
Both grants will be launching on Friday 28th January 2022. Oxford City Council will be holding three online briefing sessions for anyone interested in learning more about the grants (all session are free). You can sign up here:
The session will give you all the key information that you need to decide if the grants might be suitable for you or your organisation.
If you can't make any of these sessions you can still find all the key information about the Oxford Community Impact Fund programme and the Small and Medium Grants as well as access to all the key programme documents online.
The Good Exchange
If you're a charity, Community Interest Company (CIC), social enterprise or community group looking for the more effective ways to raise money, try The Good Exchange – the only on-line giving platform with access to grants, donations and fundraising in one place via a single application form.
Writing a funding bid – top tips
How do you make sure that your application stands out from the competition? How do you make sure that the time spent writing bids is fruitful and well spent? By asking yourself these questions before you begin preparing your funding bid, you'll be better prepared before you start.
- Do you have data and insight to support your bid?
- Can the project you're seeking funding for be delivered? Are you sure that what you are saying you'll do, can actually be delivered within your current work?
- Will this bid win? Do you meet the funder's criteria and will your proposal stand out from others?
- Is it financially feasible? Can you do all that needs to be done with the funds that you're bidding for?
- Are you communicating your organisation as capable and credible, with clear and measurable aims?
- Have you reviewed your bid from the funder's perspective? Your bid's outcomes need to be in line with the funder's. Review your bid as if you were the funder to make sure you have a good case.