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Community Fund

We help local people, charities and voluntary groups improve local communities by offering grants of up to £5,000.

This year a total of £30,000 is available through our Community Fund. This is accessible to both individuals and new and existing groups and projects. 

Our funding can be used to help with:

  • Items of equipment
  • Local events and one-off projects
  • Training to improve your group / project’s effectiveness, eg. management, budgeting etc
  • Printing and publicity
  • Course costs, books and equipment

Funding available

There are four different levels of funding available:

Eligibility criteria

Anyone within West Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire or Worcestershire can apply, provided the project meets one of the following aims:

  • Encourages local people to get involved (contributing to an inclusive and active community)
  • Supports learning and skills development (increasing employment prospects for our customers)
  • Tackles rural exclusion or social isolation (increasing well-being)
  • Provides financial advice (reducing poverty and preventing debt)
  • Helps people get online (reducing digital exclusion)

How grants are decided

All applications which meet the eligibility criteria will be reviewed and assessed by our customers. This ensures that funding is used to support the most popular projects.

If you are one of our customers, and you would like to have your say on which projects should be funded, join our private Facebook group: [email protected]

Cottsway Community Fund: Annual report 2021-22

Our annual report highlights some of the great causes that we supported last year.

Oliver Wilkes at a fine drawing workshop
Meet Oliver – a Cottsway customer who benefited from our individual grant funding
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