Councillor Priority Fund

The fund supports councillor priorities in their local areas.

The Councillor Priority Fund is now open to new applications and will close on 31 January 2023 at 5pm.

The fund will be at the discretion of the individual county councillors to award.  They each have £15,000 for 2021-2023.

How to apply

Before you apply read the guidance notes (pdf format, 331Kb). You should discuss your proposal at an early stage with your County Councillor and seek their support for your proposal.

Each councillor can decide how their allocation should be spent. With each area of Oxfordshire different, it’s important that county councillors have the flexibility to allocate the money in the best way.

Apply here

Funding is awarded on a rolling basis so early applications are encouraged.  The deadline for applications to your local county councillor is 31 January 2023 and monies will be allocated to eligible projects on a first-come, first-served basis.

How applications will be assessed

We will assess your application within 28 days to make sure your project proposal meets the scheme’s requirements and contact you if we require further information about the proposal.

Incomplete applications lead to delays in processing the funding request, so please make sure to include all requested information in your application.

Next steps

If your application is successful, we will notify you along with your local councillor by email within 14 working days of the decision being made.

Successful applicants will be asked to sign a legal agreement with the council (for any grants over £5,000). During this time you will be asked to register for supplier self-service to validate your bank account details. Once the legal agreement is signed, we will then transfer the funding into the organisation’s bank account.

Unsuccessful applicants will be offered feedback on their proposal and, where possible, we will work with organisations to help them identify alternative funding opportunities.

Monitoring

Successful applicants are expected to comply fully with any monitoring requests from the council and must agree to this when signing the funding request form.

All successful applicants need to be prepared for a review of their project.

This may include:

  • Receipts recording how the money was spent
  • Reports on the activity funded
  • Feedback from individuals impacted
  • Any other record of the activity funded (e.g. promotional flyers and posters)

Successful applicants will be strongly encouraged to keep us informed about the progress of their projects. Any setbacks to the implementation of the projects should be reported to the Policy Team. Delivery of the projects will be monitored as per milestones identified in the business case/ project proposal.

Any unspent grant funding will be recovered by the county council.

Grants issued