Support for Community Groups
There is wide range of support for community groups in Thame – from grant funding to facility hire, and plenty of promotional opportunities. The links on this page will direct you to more information about the support options available to your community group or organisation.
Local groups and organisations who work and operate for the benefit of Thame and its residents could be eligible for a grant of up to £2,400 from the Town Council. The annual grant scheme aims to fund projects that address the needs, aspirations and issues of the people in our community. It supports initiatives that develop skills, improve health, revitalise the local environment and enable people to become more active citizens. Applications are open from the end of March to the beginning of May – click here to find out if you are eligible and how to apply.
The Town Council is pleased to offer a range of opportunities to help Community Groups promote themselves and their activities. The Town Council’s website offers free listings in our Community Directory, opportunities listings and events calendar. We also offer opportunities to promote yourself at our Christmas Lights Switch-On event or around the town at town entrances, on banners and feather flags. You can also hold a stall at many other town events – click here to find out more information on all the opportunities listed here. Please note that prior permission must be obtained, to meet the Terms & Conditions and contained in our Application Form.
The Town Council offers two rooms for hire in the Town Hall, as well as external electricity points, football pitches & changing rooms, and a number of open spaces around the town suitable for community events, festivals and activities. Thame Equipment Bank offers a wide range of equipment for hire, from gazebos to tables & chairs, which can be hired by any community group, individual or business subject to following the hire procedure. Click here to read more about these hire options and for a list of all the room & facilities hire options in Thame.
Other Useful Resources & Support
OCVA (Oxfordshire Community & Voluntary Action) – offers training, networks & forums and support & advice for non-profit organisations.
South and Vale Voluntary & Community Sector Forum – a free annual event for people from local community groups and voluntary organisations to meet, discuss ideas and share advice in a relaxed setting. This year’s forum takes on the theme ‘resilience’ on Wednesday 14 March 2018.
Community Loan Scheme – South Oxfordshire District Council has £5million available in community loans for registered charities and town and parish councils to apply for. These loans, which can be between £50,000 and £1million must be used to help fund projects such as the purchase of land and buildings, new build or building refurbishments.
Charity Lottery (coming soon) – Charities, community and voluntary groups across South Oxfordshire are being encouraged to sign up to a new lottery to help them raise funds. South Oxfordshire District Council aims to launch the lottery in the spring and is inviting good causes to register as beneficiaries.