Cottenham Charities

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Dating back to 1671, Cottenham Charities provide accommodation in seven almshouses in Cottenham and give financial support to people who live in the village and are in need. Cottenham Charities also manage the allotments on Rampton Road.

Cottenham Charities support people facing disadvantage or financial hardship living in the village of Cottenham in South Cambridgeshire. Support includes:


Cottenham Charities own and manage seven almshouses, which are one-bedroom properties that can be rented at affordable rates for indefinite periods. The properties are not warden-controlled so residents have to be able to live independently.

Vacancies don’t occur on a regular basis so there isn’t a waiting list – when a property becomes available it is advertised on village notice boards and in the  Cottenham Newsletter


Cottenham Charities makes grants to residents of Cottenham on the basis of need. Recent grants have been given to purchase bedroom furniture, a fridge freezer, an electric riser/recliner, to make adjustments to the home of a disabled person, and to pay for travel to and from hospital appointments. Grant applications can be submitted throughout the year (there are no deadlines), by filling out and sending in this form. If you aren’t sure if you’d be eligible for a grant, you can have a confidential chat with a representative of Cottenham Charities about your needs (see the contact info above).


Cottenham Charities also oversee the allotments on Rampton Road. If you are interested in renting an allotment, get in touch via an online contact form.

Applying for financial support is free.

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Contact Cottenham Charities to find out about the cost of renting housing and allotments.

How to contact

Where to go

31 Rampton Rd

Allotment Gardens
Cambridge CB24 8TJ

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