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Photo from Witney Play Day 2017 - provided by Oxfordshire Play Asscociation

Over £20,000 gifted to local community projects

Over the past year, 13 community projects in West Oxfordshire, including three local Coronavirus support groups, have been gifted grants totalling over £20,000 by Cottsway.

The grants were given in 2020-21 from our Community Fund, which supports the work local people, charities and voluntary groups do in their communities.

To provide additional support during a time of need, we made special provision to enable groups to apply for funding to support local communities in response to the pandemic. Three groups received money towards things like running food delivery services for the vulnerable and those needing to shield or self-isolate.

The most recent projects to receive financial support include:

Banburyshire Citizen Project – This charity provides benefits and general advice to those in need, including issuing foodbank vouchers. The project covers Chipping Norton and the surrounding areas, and the £2,000 grant will go towards running costs.

Got2B Youth - £2,032 towards a parent buddy mentoring project in Witney and Carterton so parents can talk about their worries and concerns in a safe place. The funding will help pay for project expenses such as laptops, phones and stationery.

Oxfordshire Play Association – £1,835 to support two play days for local children and their families in Eynsham and Witney over the summer months.

Vicki Paxford, our Communities Manager, said: “Despite it being a turbulent year for us all, I’m delighted that we’ve been able to continue to support so many worthwhile projects during the pandemic.

“Our Community Fund helps charities and voluntary groups working in their local communities by offering grants of up to £5,000. We can also support Cottsway customers with up to £250 to learn new skills and improve their job prospects. I’d encourage anyone who could benefit from additional funding to get in touch.”

Founder and Chairman of the Banburyshire Citizen Project, Andy Wills said: “We’re looking forward to helping Cottsway residents and people living in West Oxfordshire. As a charity we know people are facing huge challenges and we are here to help with benefit advice, career advice, general advice and Foodbank vouchers.  Our trustees would like to thank Cottsway and their residents in awarding our grant.”

Martin Gillet from The Oxfordshire Play Association said: ““We are so very grateful to receive funding from the Cottsway Community Fund to support our Eynsham and Witney Play and Activity Days in 2021 following the postponement of all our community events in 2020.

 “These events will be even more needed moving forward to help communities, families and children and young people rebuild both their physical and mental wellbeing.”

We've now opened our Community Fund for applications during 2021-22 and a total funding pot of £30,000 is available to projects which support our customers in West Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.

For more information, including the Community Fund Annual Report which highlights some of the causes we supported last year, see: Community Fund


Pictured: Previous Oxfordshire Play Association PlayDay event in Witney.

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