Community Fund

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 £25,000 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


Some of the great causes that we supported last year are highlighted in our Community Fund – Annual report 2018-19

Funding available

There are four different levels of funding available:

Individual learning (up to £250)

To help Cottsway customers and their immediate family to learn new skills and increase job prospects. For example, training courses, qualifications and materials to support your learning.

Download: Community Fund – Individual application form

Neighbourhood activities (up to £500)

To fund a particular project or activity which will be of benefit to your neighbourhood. For example, activities and trips that involve or bring the neighbourhood together.

Download: Community Fund – Community application form

Community projects (up to £2,500)

To help community groups with one-off and ongoing environmental, social or educational projects which are accessible to Cottsway customers. For example, funding for equipment, printing and publicity and training to improve services.

Download: Community Fund – Community application form

Environmental projects (up to £5,000)

To help community groups with one-off and ongoing environmental projects which will directly benefit Cottsway customers. For example, community clear ups and improvements to communal areas.

Download: Community Fund – Community application form

Eligibility criteria

Anyone within the Cotswolds, West Oxfordshire or Wiltshire 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.

Successful applicants

Our latest round of funding took place from July-September 2019 and we have awarded almost £7,000 in grants to four projects, following customer consultation:

  • Got2be project – £1,870.50 to help with start-up costs for detached Got2B youth work project, supporting young people in West Oxfordshire.
  • Homestart Banbury – £1,250 towards providing support for Cottsway families in the Chipping Norton area.
  • Quest for Learning – £2,000 towards a ‘Numskills’ maths project for 16 children at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Witney
  • Windrush Bike Project CIC – £1,875 to enable volunteers who have already completed mental well-being courses to continue attending bike mechanic workshops, helping to refurbish bikes that will go to Asylum Welcome, Oxford.

To find out how we decided the grant level for each project, see Customer feedback results and scoring July-September 2019.

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: Communities@Cottsway