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Warm Spaces grant

We are working with our voluntary sector partners to support a network of "Warm Spaces" where residents can come together to stay warm, enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit (or two).

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Aim of the scheme

To provide support to ensure a Warm Space is available to local residents free of charge and with no barriers to access.

Warm Space principles

In applying for the grant to set up or enhance your Warm Space, you agree to the Warm Space principles which are:

  • a warm welcome
  • a safe non-judgmental space for people to come together where everyone is treated equally and with dignity
  • access to basic facilities, such as warmth and a hot drink
  • confidentiality

Who can apply

Organisations or groups that already have facilities including toilets, heating, wifi, tables and chairs and tea making facilities may be considering opening their doors as a Warm Space. This could involve being open on days which you aren't usually, being open for longer or widening your offer to all in need of a Warm Space. 

These could be places such as:

  • church halls
  • community centres
  • civic centres
  • advice centres and charities with spare space


Grants can be used for any means that supports the provision of a Warm Space this winter, this includes but is not limited to; energy bills, provision of free warm food, drinks, provide new events or activities, provision of supporting warmth by purchasing hats, scarves or blankets to be given to residents.

Each space must be available for a minimum of one session of at least four hours every week between October 2022 and March 2023.

Innovative applications that bring together partners to offer a range of non-judgement based, practical support are welcomed.

Warm Spaces are expected to engage with other local voluntary and community organisations to link residents with local support services where possible and appropriate.

Multiple bids from varying organisations across a town or parish council area are welcomed though groups are expected to co-ordinate their offer to avoid duplication and spread availability.

The grant value is up to £1,000. In order to ensure an equitable spread across the district and fair access to all residents, we reserve the right to refuse an otherwise eligible grant application on the grounds that we consider the town or parish to already contain adequate provision.

Grant applicants who are successful with their grant application will need to provide us with monthly figures of the number of residents accessing the Warm Space.

Apply for a Warm Spaces grant

Grants of up to £1,000 are available by completing our online form.

Current Warm Spaces

Contact us

If you have any questions or need support applying, please contact

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