Make a difference with Bicester Village

As spring blooms at Bicester Village it’s the perfect time to invite the community to “Make a Difference”. The initiative is focussed this year on specifically supporting projects to help with the Bicester’s recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic and importantly, provide support for those in need in the community.

In this exceptional year, the fund is aimed at meeting the needs of the less fortunate as well as creating new opportunities for the regeneration of Bicester’s town centre.

The fund has a total of £30,000 to award, with the maximum award to any one organisation being £4,000.

The judging panel are welcoming projects that truly Make a Difference to our local community. They are looking to support projects that add value within our community and exist to support it during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. Special consideration will also be given to activities that supports the recovery and regeneration of Bicester town centre.

Applicants to the fund should be able to demonstrate the opportunity for continued growth and sustained benefits whilst focusing on one or more of the following three themes:

Supporting Women and Children

Activities that improve the lives of women and young people by increasing their skills, raising their aspirations and breaking down barriers to their employment.

Togetherness

Activities that help people to get to know one another, finding ways to help and encourage those that may be isolated or excluded to get involved, and improving community cohesion.

Healthy Living

Activities to improve the health and wellbeing of our local community by promoting active lifestyles or other health improvement initiatives.

Through this fund, Bicester Village is hoping to support local organisations that might not normally qualify for grants or public funding, but which can make a genuine difference in 2021.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, applicants must be not-for-profit organisations (such as charities, social enterprises, community groups and voluntary organisations) that are based in, or primarily support activities within, Bicester (or surrounding areas).

Application process and timetable

The application form can be found >HERE< or by emailing MakeADifference@ValueRetail.com

The closing date for applications is Friday 18 June 2021 and the recipients will be announced shortly after this date.

Please complete the application form and return to Bicester Village via email to MakeADifference@ValueRetail.com or via post:

Make a Difference Fund Applications
Value Retail
50 Pingle Drive
Bicester
Oxon
OX26 6WD

The deadline for the receipt of completed applications is Friday 18 June 2021. We are not able to consider applications received after that date.