Childrens play equipment

Community grants to help a range of District projects

Cotswold District Council has awarded over £25,000 in grants to community groups in the final round of its Community Projects Fund to help improve and enhance facilities that will keep communities connected beyond the pandemic.

The Cotswolds is home to an incredible range of community projects which bring people together and positively contribute to the quality of community life. 

Four projects have been successful in the latest round of funding including, Willersey Parish Council, Compton Abdale Village Hall, The Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust and Arlington Baptist Church.

Willersey Parish Council were granted a £5,950 award to provide new play equipment suitable for toddlers/younger children at  Willersey Recreation Ground.

Compton Abdale Village Hall has been awarded a grant of £1,042.40 towards the installation of vinyl flooring in the Village Hall.

The Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust has been granted an £8,210 award to surface a new section of the Tetbury Trail,  to enable all-weather use by wheelchairs,  mobility scooters, prams and pushchairs.  

Arlington Baptist Church was granted a £10,000 award to upgrade the Arlington Community Rooms and kitchen for better community use.

Cllr Jenny Forde, CDC Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “These grants can be of great benefit to local communities. It’s particularly important to support projects that involve young people, positively impact mental health or schemes that will improve the quality of our environment by taking action to combat waste and climate change.

“We want to make the process for turning ideas into reality easier, more accessible and quicker. Therefore, all future community projects that were previously able to apply to the CPF will be encouraged to put forward project ideas under the new ‘Crowdfund Cotswold’ Scheme. 

“Crowdfund Cotswold will also enable support and investment for activities the previous fund would not have covered, such as environmental improvement projects with a capital cost.”

To learn more about Crowdfund Cotswold and to create your own project, visit: 

Companies, foundations and public bodies interested in supporting projects alongside Cotswold District Council should contact   

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Cotswold District Council Communications Team

Notes to editors

  • Cotswold District Council awarded the latest round of Community Projects funding at a decision meeting for the Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance on Wednesday 10 March 2021.
  • The Deputy Leader considered that the projects were supporting their local communities by providing improved or enhanced facilities. 
  • Cotswold District Council’s former capital grant scheme, the Community Projects Fund, came to an end on 12 February 2021.
  • The Council’s annual Community Projects Fund budget will be rolled into the Council’s new Civic Crowdfunding Programme ‘Crowdfund Cotswold’ in partnership with Spacehive.