Open Doors at the Bate
Open Doors at the Bate
Credit: Oxford University

University of Oxford small community grants scheme

The Small Community Grants Scheme provides a total of £50,000 in funding for community projects, events and activities in the city of Oxford that promote and support Oxford’s culture and heritage, provide educational opportunities for young people, benefit the city’s many communities and help to build links between the University and its neighbours.

Applications for the second round of funding for 2020/21 opened on Friday 19th March 2021. The closing date for applications is Friday 16th April 2021. If you wish to submit an application please download and complete a Grant Application Form, located under related documents on this page.

Please send any request for further information about the Scheme to:

If you have a project which you think could benefit from some support, please contact

Past awards

The University of Oxford is pleased to have supported the following at its Michaelmas 2020 meeting:

  • Oxford City Athletic Club - Supporting Inclusive Athletics
  • Oxfordshire Play Association - Barton and Rose Hill play and activity days 2021
  • Barton Community Association - Fun to learn holiday club
  • Marston Community Gardening - Marston Hive
  • KIDS - Christmas activities and home packs
  • Syrian Community Oxford and Oxfordshire Syrcox
  • OXSRAD - Disability Hub and Sports Facility
  • Yellow Submarine - Life Changing Bakes
  • Quest for Learning
  • African Families in the UK (AFiUK)
  • Turtle Key Arts - Turtle Opera
  • Folk Arts Oxford - Folk Weekend Oxford 2021
  • Blackbird Leys Amateur Boxing Club
  • Headington Action - Headington Festival Connected Communities 2021
  • ExVac - Exeter College Vacation Project
  • Jacari Oxford - Tutoring scheme
  • AT The Bus - AT The Bus: Walk with Amal
  • Leys Community Development Initiative - Creatively Clever Project
  • Oxford Mutual Aid
  • The Musical Youth Company of Oxford - Outreach programme
  • Maggie's Oxford - Joy of living at Maggie's Oxford
  • Wheatley Park School - Outdoor nurture/nature space
  • Oxford and District Mencap - Relaunch 2021
  • The Orchestra of St John's - Music for Autism
  • Oxford Hub - Schools Plus
  • The Gatehouse - Takeaway cafe and home delivery services
  • Ark-T - Winter holiday parcels of love
  • Barracks Lane Community Garden - Growing vegetables: Growing communities
  • Cowley Road Works - Outreach programme
  • Magdalen Road Studios - Magdalen Road Artwalk
  • Oxford Preservation Trust - Oxford Open Doors Goes Outside

The University of Oxford is pleased to have supported the following at its Hilary 2020 meeting: 

  • Wolvercote Young People's Club - Tech Nation Lab
  • The Iris Project - Oxford Authors Museum Mural
  • The Gatehouse (Homeless People and the Oxford Churches)
  • Oxford Hindu Temple and Community Centre - Oxford Summer Mela 2020
  • Dovecote Voluntary Parent Committee - Summer Playscheme & Family Trip
  • The Parasol Project – The Inklusive Bushcraft project
  • EarthWatch Institute - Naturehood Oxford
  • Tandem Social Group - Mental Health Befriending
  • ACT Oxford - Monthly community meals
  • Oxford Polish Association - Leys Festival 2020
  • KEEN - 4-25 Programme
  • Restore Mental Health - Elder Stubbs Festival
  • Tandem Collective - Ethno England project
  • The Ark T Centre - Music Against Prejudice: Inclusion Symposium
  • BK LUWO - Celebrating 20 years of BK LUWO: international women’s group

The University of Oxford is pleased to have supported the following at its Michaelmas 2019 meeting:

  • Modern Art Oxford - City As Studio
  • Crisis Oxford - Crisis Skylight Oxford Rough Sleepers Breakfast Club
  • Oxford International Women's Festival
  • Oxford City Council - Christmas Lights Festival
  • Young Dementia UK - Young Onset Dementia Advisers
  • Tandem Collective - RISE magazine
  • John Henry Newman Academy, Littlemore - Whole school ICT
  • KIDS afterschool, Saturday and holiday club
  • Exeter College Vacation Project ExVac Holidays 2020
  • The Gatehouse - Staff and volunteer training programme 2020
  • Oxford Hub - Branch Up
  • Quest for Learning - Oxford City Numeracy Project
  • Cowley Road Works - Schools Outreach Programme
  • West Oxford Community School - Key Stage 2 Facilities
  • Oxford Preservation Trust - Oxford Open Doors
  • Young People's Puppet Theatre - Wolvercote intergenerational puppetry project
  • Oxford and District Mencap - Hill End residential summer holidays
  • Syrian Sisters - Family Outdoor Activity Days
  • Oxford Urban Wildlife Group - The Wildlife Garden
  • Jacari Oxford
  • Plutonkya - MASAYA
  • Oxford Baby Bank
  • Donnington Doorstep - Youth Group Cooking Club
  • Soundabout - Inclusive Choir
  • Arts at the Old Fire Station - Hidden Spire 2020
  • Assisted Reading for Children (ARCh)
  • Photo Oxford - Photo Oxford Festival launch weekend
  • Viva Network - Doorstep Schools Work
  • Tandem Collective - RISE magazine

The University of Oxford is pleased to have supported the following at its Hilary 2019 meeting:

  • African Caribbean and African Kultural Heritage Initiative (ACKHI) Windrush Day celebrations
  • Arts at the Old Fire Station ‘ICON’ project
  • Florence Park Community Association
  • Full Circle ‘Generations Together in Oxford’ project
  • Headington Festival
  • Kennington Youth Club kitchen refurbishment
  • Kuumba Nia Arts – the Mary Prince Story
  • Oxford Gatehouse drop-in café
  • Oxfordshire Play Association and Rose Hill Primary School
  • The Mandala Theatre Company ‘Exclusion’ project
  • Yellow Submarine Holidays ‘Launchpad’ project

The University of Oxford is pleased to have supported the following organisations and projects at its Michaelmas 2018 meeting:

  • Bookfeast Schools Festival 2019
  • Homeless Oxford
  • Windale Primary School
  • Oxford and District Mencap
  • Diversity Football League
  • The Story Café
  • Oxford Hub
  • Syrian Sisters Children’s Easter Holiday Camp
  • The Orchestra of St John’s
  • Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground
  • TRAX - the Oxfordshire Motor Project
  • One-Eighty
  • The Children’s Allotment

The University of Oxford is pleased to have supported the following its Hilary 2018 meeting:

  • Oxford Hindu Temple & Community Centre Project                                                                       
  • Oxford Pride Group                                                                                                                                      
  • Headington Action                                                                                                                                        
  • South Oxford Adventure Playground (SOAP)                                                                                    
  • Jacari                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Broken Spoke Bike Co-op                                                                                                                           
  • KEEN Oxford                                                                                                                                                    
  • FloFest                                                                                                                                                               
  • Oxford Against Cutting                                                                                                                                
  • UnderConstruction Theatre Company                                                                                                  
  • Arts at the Old Fire Station                                                                                                                         
  • Oxford Hub                                                                                                                      
  • The Jericho Living Heritage Trust                                                                                                             
  • The Ark T Centre

The University of Oxford is pleased to have supported the following its Michaelmas 2017 meeting:                                                                                                   

  • Oxford Preservation Trust – Oxford Open Doors                            
  • Cowley Road Works – Cowley Road Carnival                                     
  • Oxford City Council – Christmas Light Festival                                   
  • Environmental Sustainability Team (Oxford City Council) – Oxford Green Week 2018   
  • Oxford International Womens Festival Committee                        
  • Quest For Learning                                                                                       
  • Rugby League Inspires CIC – schools' project

The University of Oxford is pleased to have supported the following its Hilary 2017 meeting:       

  • Viva Network
  • Agnes Smith Advice Centre (Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Support Scheme Ltd)
  • Arts at the Old Fire Station
  • Headington Action
  • Student Hubs
  • Wolvercote Young People's Club
  • Oxford Pride Group
  • Wood Farm Youth Centre
  • RSPB
  • Read Easy Blackbird Leys
  • Read for Good (Readathon)
  • Oxford Hindu Temple & Community Centre Project
  • Oxford Writers' House CIC
  • OxGrow
  • Friends of Hill End
  • Photography Oxford
  • Turkish Play Group
  • Guideposts Trust

Actors in a performanceThe Old Fire Station’s Hidden Spire event, supported by an Oxford University Community Grant

Oxford Open Doors and Oxford Christmas Lights have already benefited from a small community grant. The image at the top of the page is from Open Doors, an opportunity to experience some of treasures of Oxford, here children handle some of ancient musical instruments at the Bate Collection, September 2013.

The Ashmolean was host to live music late into the evening for the Xmas Light Festival, December 2013

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The Ashmolean was host to live music late into the evening for the Xmas Light Festival: December 2013. Credit: OU

A group learns how to play bells for Oxford’s Open Doors, September 2013

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A group learns how to play bells for Oxford’s Open Doors, September 2013

Dancers on the open stage in St. Giles for the Xmas Light Festival, December 2013

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Credit: OU