COVID-19 Councillor Priority Fund

This scheme has now closed, applications are no longer being accepted

Background and approach

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we set aside £2,000 per Councillor in 2020/21 for a Councillor Priority Fund.  This is part of our commitment to supporting local communities across the District through the COVID-19 response and recovery.

Our approach

The purpose of this fund is to support the priorities for councillors in their areas and it is for each councillor to decide how their allocation should be spent.  With each area of the Cherwell District being different it is important that councillors have the flexibility to allocate the money in the best way.

Larger projects can put through a joint bid if it is supported by multiple councillors. Whilst the maximum sum one councillor can award is £2,000, your Councillor may divide their fund if there are (or are likely to be) other applications that are worthy of support.

Organisations looking to apply should discuss their proposal at an early stage with the relevant District councillor(s).  Please make sure your organisation and project meet the grant scheme’s eligibility criteria detailed below.

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What can we fund?

This scheme is only open to voluntary, community and not-for-profit groups. Not-for-profit describes a type of organisation that does not distribute profits for its owners. All of the money earned by or donated to a not-for-profit organisation is used in pursuing the organisation’s objectives and keeping it running. Typically, not- for-profit organisations are charities or other types of public service organisations.

To be eligible for funding, applying organisations must have a committee and a constitution or appropriate rules setting out aims and objectives and how the group will operate. This document must be appended to your application form.

  • Registered charities
  • Companies limited by guarantee
  • Community associations
  • Parent Teacher associations
  • Cooperatives
  • Friendly societies
  • Youth clubs
  • Schools
  • Town and parish councils


  • All projects must address recognised needs of local communities of Cherwell district in the response or recovery of COVID-19, with defined costs. This may include:
    • Supporting the delivery of food, supplies and medicines to shielded residents
    • Supporting the delivery of food, supplies and medicines to vulnerable and isolating residents
    • Organisations providing services to residents whose circumstances make them additionally vulnerable to isolated circumstances (for example the homeless or those suffering from domestic abuse)
    • Organisations supporting the physical or mental wellbeing of residents
  • All projects must have the support of at least one local District Councillor.
  • Projects must benefit Cherwell communities, be inclusive and provide good value for money.

What don't we fund?


  • Individuals or sole traders
  • Profit-making organisations
  • Organisations not established in the UK
  • Organisations that give funds to other charities, individuals or other organisations


  • Projects that duplicate an already existing service
  • Retrospective projects (undertaken before the grant is approved)
  • Activities which a statutory body is responsible for
  • Activities with a religious or political purpose
  • Holidays, trips or overseas travel
  • Activities that contradict or act against any of the Council’s agreed policies such as Equalities and Safer Recruitment, or fail to comply with any other relevant statutory requirements, such as health and safety legislation