Councillor Priority Fund

How to apply for a grant from the Councillor Priority Fund

In February 2018, Council agreed to set aside £945,000 in 2018/19 and 2019/20 for a Councillor Priority Fund.

This is part of our commitment to supporting local communities across Oxfordshire, building on last year’s Communities Fund and the successes and lessons learnt of administering that fund.

The Councillor Priority Fund will run across two financial years, and will be at the discretion of individual councillors to award.

Please ensure you have read the guidance notes (pdf format, 331Kb) and can meet the criteria before submitting to your local councillor.

How to apply for funding from Councillor Priority Fund

Each county councillor has a £15,000 councillor priority fund for 2018/19.

The purpose of this Councillor Priority Fund is to support councillor priorities in their areas. It is for each councillor to 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.

You should discuss your proposal at an early stage with your County Councillor and seek their support for your proposal.

Funding is awarded on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. The last date for applications to be submitted is 31 January 2020.

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 form.

Awarding the grant

If your funding request 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-serve 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.

Deadline

Applications can be made at any time, though earlier applications are encouraged as funding is awarded on a rolling basis. The latest that applications can be submitted is 31 January 2020.

Contact us

For further information regarding the grant scheme and application process please contact us