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

University of Oxford small community grants scheme

The University of Oxford has been at the heart of the city for over 800 years. Oxford City is full of variety and activity, with festivals and events occurring all year round. The University likes to support activities and projects where it can, and in the autumn of 2013 set up a small community grants scheme to help some of the many community activities around the city.

The next meeting of the board will take place on 28 February 2018. A new grants application form will be available very shortly.  

Grants news: For administrative reasons the University’s Community Fund will be moving from three grant giving meetings a year to two from February 2017 onward. This means the February grant meeting will go ahead as normal, but there will be no Trinity (summer) grant-awarding meeting. There is the same amount of money available to community groups, it is simply awarded at two instead of three meetings. 

If you have a project which you think could benefit from some support, please contact community.grants@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Past meetings

The University of Oxford is pleased to have supported the following in its Michaelmas 2016 round of grants:

  • Oxford Preservation Trust
  • Oxford City Council
  • Cowley Works
  • Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground
  • Ron Todd Foundation
  • Brand New Start
  • Turtle Key Arts
  • Oxford Against Cutting (OAC)
  • Trax Motor Project
  • Oxfordshire Play Association
  • Pegasus Education
  • Rose Hill Junior Youth Club
  • Oxford City Farm
  • Music Foundry
  • The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
  • Oxford International Women's Festival Committee

At the meeting of the community grants group on the 21st May 2015 the following organisations benefitted from small grants:

  • Trap Grounds Town Green urban wildlife project
  • 66 Men of Grandpont 1st WW History project
  • Oxford Refugee Week
  • The Story Museum’s Lobster Quadrille for Alice’s Day
  • Goodgym, charity and keep fit
  • PEEP training for parents and children
  • Pegasus Theatre’s Young programmer’s weekend

At its meeting on the 26th February 2015 the Community Grants scheme was pleased to support:

  • Oxford Conservation Volunteers
  • Low carbon Oxford Week
  • Yellow Submarine
  • Community Transport Hub
  • Allsorts sports coaching
  • Innovista’s “Thrive” project
  • Cowley Road Carnival
  • Touchpoint Theatre

At the Community Fund Meeting 21 May, 2014 the following groups were supported by the University:

  • The Story Museum
  • Playful Woodlands
  • The eatMe Cookbook
  • Ancient Tales
  • The Polish Association
  • Osney Lock
  • Cowley News

At the Community Fund Meeting 24 February, 2014 the following groups were supported by the University:

  • Pegasus Theatre with Spitalfields Music: Project for under two year olds.
  • Film Oxford: “River Safe” project, production of information film for schools.
  • Cowley Road Works, Contribution to the 2014 Cowley Road Carnival
  • Writing on Water, Arts project connected with Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.

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

Dancers at St Giles Xmas Light FestivalDancers at St Giles Xmas Light Festival
Credit: OU

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