Funding available for good causes through the Cherwell Lottery


A £10,000 pot of cash has been accumulated and will now be used to fund applicants projects

Local groups and organisations can benefit from a cash grant of up to £1,000 thanks to the Cherwell Lottery.   The funding is being made available to pay for specific projects.

The Cherwell lottery was launched by Cherwell District Council in 2019.   87 good causes are directly involved including School PTAs, upcyclers, and an animal rescue group.   They get regular dividend payments from the Cherwell Lottery.

An additional pot of £10,000 has been built up from ticket sales and this will now be used to fund the grant payments.   Organisations can apply for up to £1,000 each but this must be to fund specific projects.

To be eligible to apply for a grant good causes need to be signed up as lottery partners.   They also need to have sold lottery tickets before the deadline date of 1 December which leaves a window of opportunity for more organisations to register for the lottery and apply for funding.

The grants are designed to support revenue or capital projects that satisfy one or more of Cherwell’s ‘Healthy, Resilient and Engaged Communities’ funding priorities.

The news has been welcomed by the Valentine Club, a seniors’ group with over 100 members.   Club organiser Richard Preston said: “In these times of uncertainty and the inability to raise funds for our seniors’ group, the revenue received from The Cherwell Lottery has been invaluable. Our annual fundraiser had to be cancelled and our monthly meetings curtailed, meaning no income from sales tables and raffles.

“When we recommence our regular meetings and outings to places near and far, our finances will be in place to allow us to bring together all those over 65’s from the surrounding area of Steeple Aston and bring smiles and happiness to the often forgotten generation of pensioners that have been isolated from ordinary life for a long time.”

Councillor Andrew McHugh, Cherwell’s lead member for health and wellbeing, said: “A great deal has happened since we launched the Cherwell Lottery at the start of last summer. It is clear that the additional funding it helps generate for local good causes is even more important during these difficult times.

“The lottery really is highly recommended to good causes in north Oxfordshire, so I would encourage any charities, school or community groups out there to sign up and be in with a chance of winning a grant from this exciting new funding pot.”

Applications for grant funding from the Cherwell Lottery can be made from today, October 1.   Advice and details of how to apply can be obtained by emailing

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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