Westgate Oxford is opening applications for community grants to support not-for-profit organisations.

The Landsec Futures Community Grant Scheme, offering funds between £1,000 and £3,000, is aimed at bolstering voluntary groups already making a significant societal contribution.

Eligible applicants must be registered charities or not-for-profits which function for the community's benefit in Oxfordshire.

The Charities Aid Foundation is to shortlist the applicants, while community grants panels comprised of community members will determine the successful projects.

Westgate Oxford has issued grants totalling £10,400 to groups including food banks and charities supporting the homeless.

Centre director of Westgate Oxford, Brendan Hattam said: "Retail has always been at the centre of communities, with shopping destinations acting as hubs.

"Our community grants programme ensures we can continue to support local organisations that know their places best to effectively address the most pressing social and economic challenges our communities face.”

The grant scheme forms part of Landsec's national commitment to optimise community potential, with a £20 million investment.

By 2030, Landsec Futures aims to deliver £200 million in social value, assisting 30,000 people from underprivileged socio-economic backgrounds towards sustained employment.

In Oxfordshire alone, Westgate Oxford has generated more than £1.1 million in social value since 2019, supporting 565 individuals through education and employment programmes.

Grant applications remain open until February 19, 2024, at 5.30pm.

Grants are expected to be made by the end of April 2024.