A new round of funding for projects promoting active lifestyles has opened in South Oxfordshire.

The Everyone Active grant programme, run by South Oxfordshire District Council, is providing £50,000, with a maximum grant of £1,000 available for each applicant.

Beneficiaries of last year's round include Oxford Conservation Volunteers and Benson United Football Club.

Oxford Mail: Oxford Conservation VolunteersOxford Conservation Volunteers (Image: South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils)

Thomas Bulford from Oxford Conservation Volunteers said: "We’ve been able to replace various worn tools and also buy two ‘Lazy Dogs’ – these tools are essential to our nature conservation work in South Oxfordshire.

"Nature conservation work is of undoubted benefit to the physical and mental health of our volunteers, with the latter gaining increasing recognition."

Benson United's Trevor Simpson added: "The new equipment has allowed over 25 under six-year-old children from Benson and the surrounding villages to improve their overall fitness and football skills.

“They’ve bonded as a team and enjoy training with each other and playing other Oxfordshire teams in friendly matches.

"They’re ready for summer football tournaments and in a great position to enter the Oxfordshire under seven football league in September.”

Applications must outline how projects will encourage and sustain activity in South Oxfordshire.

The closing date to apply is midday on July 22.

For interested applicants seeking advice, there will be a funding advice session at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot on June 20, from 1pm-5pm.