Since Oasis was formed back in 1989, we have given away more than £900,000 in grants to other charities and those working with people living with HIV or undertaking prevention work. Applications for Grants are now open.

Wandsworth Oasis charity shops exist to improve the quality of life for people affected by HIV and to work towards eradicating the virus in the UK, eliminating stigma and quality support.  We focus – where possible - on our home area of SW London (Wandsworth and Lambeth).  Over the last 30 years we have awarded more than £1 million to HIV support and prevention projects.

We invite applications for our main grants twice a year.  Applications for our second main grants round of 2019 are being invited between September 28th and November 1st 2019 – and we want to hear from you! We’re particularly keen to receive applications from those with innovative ideas based around our key themes, or groups and charities that haven’t connected with us before.

You can also apply for Fast-Track funding of up to £1,500 or a one-off  grant to support individuals facing hardship throughout the year.

The Funding programme

We give grants to projects and groups that help to improve quality of life of people affected by HIV and to HIV awareness and prevention work

We do not have a fixed amount of funds to distribute in discretionary grants each year, with some funding already committed to multi-year projects and grants awarded earlier in the year.  The amount of funding available depends on the success of our retail trading and community events activities. You can contribute to the amount we raise by donating your unwanted items to our shops and asking your contacts to do the same. 

Grant guidelines

Please take a look at these before submitting your application. Your project should ideally be situated in a South London Borough, preferably with a focus on Wandsworth or Lambeth, or should be helping a number of people in or from the area.

We primarily fund non-profit making community groups and charities who focus on HIV support and prevention projects in SW London.   Other non-profit organisations are welcome to apply as long as the project/initiative is focused on HIV support and prevention and is based within the UK.

We don't give grants to statutory providers, local council initiatives or NHS trusts. Ideally, organisations will be a registered charity but we will consider applications from support groups or leagues of friends, if they are acting for people living with HIV/AIDS.

We do not fund international HIV support and prevention work. 

We do not fund individual grants for students. 

You can download the full guidelines document here.

Applying for a grant

Please download our application form here and return to the Grants Administrator by email.  The Grants Committee meets on 12th November 2019 and recommendations will be made to the Board of Trustees after that.  Please include a copy of your latest Trustees' Report and Accounts with your application. More exact times will be notified in due course.