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Community grants and funding

Community Projects fund

Capital grants for village and community halls and other community facilities such as children's play areas.

Grants will be awarded between £1,000 and £10,000, up to 25% of a project's total cost. Applicants are expected to raise the remainder from other sources, including at least a 10% contribution from the local area, and to work closely with their local district councillor(s).

For more information read the criteria for applicants below. After reading the criteria, if you believe your project could be eligible, contact us to discuss what information we will require (this could be quotes for building work/supplies, planning permission, evidence of contributions from other parties, etc. and will differ on a project by project basis).

Community Activity Support Grant

This grant supports community groups wishing to develop community-based projects in Cotswold District which contribute to the quality of community life.  

Funding is locally focussed with each single member ward having an allocation of £2,500 available (with dual member wards Campden-Vale and Lechlade, Kempsford and Fairford South having £5000 available). The scheme can support a wide range of activity, so long as it is promoted by a not for private profit organisation, and benefits local people. Activity is not limited to one age group.

We have recently closed our third call for projects and are assessing submissions. For more information email

Defibrillator grant

Grants are available towards the community purchase of defibrillators, up to a maximum grant of £625. Applications can be submitted at any time. Contact your local district councillor for more details.

Grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations

Details are available of grants made to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations: 

Other grants

To find out about other funding opportunities, visit Funding Central, a free-to-use grant search tool.

There is also a Cotswold AONB Sustainable Development Fund (up to £8,000) which may be of interest.