Oxford City Council awards £20,850 to help communities across Oxford

By John Charlton

Oxford City Council has given £20,850 from the first round of the small grants programme to community groups and charities to help run events and projects across the city. The money will help fund a range of events including the Oxford Summer Mela and West Oxford family fun day plus after school activities at Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground.

The small grants provided:
£1,000 to the Oxford Hindu Temple and Community Centre to contribute towards the eighth Oxford Summer Mela on 20 May

£500 to West Oxford Community Association to contribute towards organising and running the West Oxford Fun Day on 8th July

£5,000 to the Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground to contribute towards the delivery of after school activities.

£5,000 to the Flash of Splendour Arts to contribute towards the delivery of a series of gallery based workshops for disabled young adults.

£2,850 to the Oxfordshire Chinese Community & Advice Centre to contribute towards active and healthy activities

£1,500 to the Mandala Theatre Company to delivery creative workshops for young people aged 16-25 years old from across the city.

£5,000 to Sanctuary Hosting to contribute towards the costs of a project coordinator who supports homeless refugees and asylum seekers find temporary accommodation.

Community organisations, voluntary groups, charities, not for profit organisations with an income of less than £200,000 per annum can apply as long as they have a formal constitution and bank account.

There are a couple of other rounds for this programme this year for more information go to