Cottenham Charities Almshouses

Cottenham Charities Almshouses built in 1853

Cottenham Charities provides accommodation in seven almshouses in Cottenham, Cambridgeshire and gives grants to those who live in the village and are in need.

We have a rich history dating back to 1671 and are proud to continue the original charitable objectives of providing relief to persons resident in the Parish of Cottenham who are in need, hardship or distress by making grants of money or providing payments for items, services or facilities.

Charities unite to support Cottenham residents at Christmas

The long-standing tradition of helping individuals and families in Cottenham at Christmas was continued in 2018.

Christmas vouchers were given to nearly 60 individuals and families by Cottenham Charities and the Fitzwilliam Charity, following a tradition that certainly dates back to the 19th century. Toys were provided for children by Twinkle Star Children’s Trust.

All the charities would like to thank the many organisations and businesses in the village for helping to publicise the scheme.

Applications for grants for essential household or disability items can be considered throughout the year by Cottenham Charities. More details and an application form are available on our Cottenham Charities Grants page.

Cottenham Allotments 

Keep fit, feed the family and enjoy the company of fellow growers. Cottenham Charities manage the allotments on Rampton Road and invite applications for plots throughout the year.

If you would like to apply please get in touch with Cottenham Charities with your contact details via our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cottenham Charities is registered with the Charity Commission under number 200586 and is governed by a scheme made on 11 February 1970. It exists to assist those in the Parish of Cottenham, Cambridgeshire both individually and collectively, which it does by keeping almshouses and by making grants to individuals in need and to organisations in the Village.

There are nine trustees: one ex-officio trustee, the Rector of the Ecclesiastical Parish of All Saints, Cottenham; three are appointed for four-year terms by Cottenham Parish Council; and five, for five-year terms, by the Trustees themselves. The Trustees meet at least twice each year. The Annual Report and Accounts are published on the Charity Commission web pages.

A full list of Trustees can be found on the Charity Commission website.


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