Oxfordshire Community Resilience Fund

Oxfordshire Community Resilience Fund

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Funded

  • £40K Target
  • £14.8K Raised
  • 72 Donors
  • 1 Fundraisers
  • About

In March 2020, OCF established the Community Resilience Fund, a dedicated fund to support the community sector during the pandemic, thanks in large part to a strong base of generous donations from the National Emergencies Trust and the Indigo Trust, as well as from many of our regular supporters.

  • Respond better: OCF responded rapidly to distribute emergency grants to charities at the frontline of the crisis, and supported many organisations with their core costs to avoid them having to close. We gave out over £619,000 in total for the ‘respond better’ phase. This video demonstrates the pace and effectiveness of this phase.
  • Recover stronger: OCF understood that the pandemic would have far-reaching effects beyond immediate emergency relief, and so earmarked a portion of the funds raised for further ‘recover stronger’ grants, which nurtured a sustainable community response to associated issues such as homelessness and loneliness. So far we have given out over £392,000 for recovery, bringing our total COVID-19 grant-making to over £1 million.

More information about the impact of this funding can be found in our Journal of a Pandemic Year report.

POST-PANDEMIC NEEDS IN THE LOCAL CHARITY SECTOR

In November 2021 we asked our network of charity contacts how they adapted during the pandemic, what new ways of working have enhanced their services, and what they now need to sustain these improvements. Our report concludes that charities need investment in their resilience – to be equipped to keep on tackling these challenges, as well as reap the benefits of more efficient working they saw during the pandemic.

We are therefore still seeking donations to our Community Resilience Fund so that we can continue to support Oxfordshire’s vital charitable sector.

Fundraising updates

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