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Grants available to help improve the quality of life for people and communities

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Voluntary and community organisations in South Oxfordshire can now apply for grants to fund projects that improve the quality of life for people and communities.

Voluntary and community organisations in South Oxfordshire can now apply for up to £75,000 of Capital funding grants for projects that help improve people’s quality of life.

The funding comes from the latest round of the South Oxfordshire District Council Capital Grant Scheme. The council has a total budget of £320,000. Projects can receive a minimum of £1,000 and up to half of their total costs.

The grant gives organisations a financial boost towards capital expenditure, such as making improvements to buildings or play areas.

Applicants must show how their projects will support the council’s Corporate Plan priorities, including ‘protect and restore our natural world’, ‘action on the climate emergency’ and ‘improved economic and community well-being’.

Organisations eligible to apply are:

  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Non-profit businesses and Community Interest Companies
  • Community-based organisations

Previous projects that were awarded funding include Watlington Parish Council, which wanted to create a multi-use games area (MUGA), Wallingford Methodist Church, which used their grant to replace boilers and upgrade their heating system and Henley RFC, which upgraded their community training facility.

Councillor Maggie Filipova-Rivers, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “This grant has been very popular in previous rounds as it can help voluntary organisations in our district to carry out their vital community work and support projects, both large and small.

“We’re pleased that we are able to provide this funding again for another year and enable organisations to expand or continue their work which benefit residents and the wider community in South Oxfordshire.”

The Capital Grant Scheme is now open for applications until midday on Friday, 21 October. There’s more information on the council’s website at southoxon.gov.uk/grants.

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