Objectives of OxPAT

The Oxford Poverty Action Trust (OxPAT) was set up in 1996 to meet the challenge of visible poverty in the streets and invisible poverty in hostels, bed-and-breakfast accommodation etc.

Its aim is to give the public an alternative to giving money directly to beggars, thus fuelling dependency on alcohol or drugs; providing a means whereby their generosity can be channelled more productively.

One of the philosophies that underpin our work is that 100% of all donations are re-directed to local causes. We ensure that every penny donated to OxPAT goes to provide support to people in need. We get support to cover administrative costs from local businesses or the Council.

OxPAT Grant Policy

Core Principles

  1. OxPAT funds are to be used to provide direct help to homeless or vulnerably housed adults.
  2. OxPAT funds can be used to fulfil basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. They can also be used to help people address the issues that have led to them becoming homeless, by building confidence and self-esteem, improving skills, and addressing dependency issues.
  3. OxPAT funds are not to be used to fund administration nor on-going costs, nor to discharge statutory duties.
  4. OxPAT funds will only be distributed to or through recognised charitable agencies; and must be spent by or under the supervision of such an agency.


The monies received by OxPAT are distributed through agency welfare funds to be spent on welfare services, rehabilitation, accommodation and training and education to help people to get off the streets and move forward.

Core Agencies

OxPAT will aim to distribute most of its funds to a core group of agencies via regular monthly standing orders to their welfare funds. It is each agency's responsibility to ensure this money is spent in accordance with OxPAT's core principles and to report back at the end of the calendar year as to how it has been spent.

In 2019, OxPAT's core agencies are:

Specific applications>

Some of OxPAT's funds will be used to fund specific applications which are not from the core agencies. Examples of successful applications include requests for clothing, bedding, work tools, and transport costs to enable a person in need to travel to a job.

Applications must:

  • be made through a recognised charitable agency
  • be supported by a case worker

To apply for a grant for a homeless, or vulnerable, person, please download the OxPAT Grant Application Form, and follow the instructions on it.

The OxPAT committee meets monthly on the third Friday of each month (except August), when applications for grants are considered. Submit an application no later than the second Friday of the month (except August) if you want an application to be considered at that month's meeting.

Further Information

There is more information in the attachments.