Community Integration Grants

The Community Integration Grants create connections between people from different backgrounds. The grants are for groups that work in partnership to encourage mutual understanding and a sense of belonging to the wider community. Awarded by the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, grants are available for community organisations that bring together groups across different cultures, age groups, faiths, class, abilities or life experiences.

Oxfordshire Community Foundation is offering grants of between £500 and £5,000 for projects that bring diverse groups together – especially those from different parts of Oxfordshire.

Grants will only be made for projects where two or more organisations with different beneficiary groups work together towards a shared goal. Joint projects might aim to address a particular social issue (for example, loneliness, skill-building, youth provision, family support), or could simply aim to break down preconceptions and build common ground. Projects should demonstrate any or all of the following:

  • Teamwork to plan and carry out a project
  • A joint approach to problem-solving on a social issue
  • An improvement in communication, mutual knowledge and understanding.

For administrative purposes, one of the groups will be the applicant (and may be the catalyst for bringing groups together). However, there should be evidence, supported by referees, of genuine partnership and equality in the way the idea has evolved and will work.

Applications open on 3rd April 2018 and close on 31st July 2018. For more information, please visit this web link.

You may be interested in becoming a donor to the scheme.  Last year the fund – through the generosity of supporters and helped by matched funding from the Oxfordshire Community Foundation – it was possible give out over £50,000 to 12 organisations.  Details of these grants are on the website and the donor booklet attached.  This year the aim is to give out the same amount.  We need to raise £25,000 in order to do that.

All contributions of whatever size are much appreciated and will be acknowledged.  For further information visit the Oxford Community Foundation website.