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Support for residents this winter

1 November 2023

Applications are now open for voluntary, community and charity organisations to apply for a grant from us to open a Warm and Welcoming Space this winter.

It follows the success of a scheme last year which helped to fund more than 150 spaces supporting Derbyshire residents during the colder months.

Between them, they provided 17,000 hours of warmth and company for almost 11,000 Derbyshire residents feeling lonely or struggling to heat their homes or feed themselves.

Organisations can now apply for up to £1,000 towards the cost of opening up new community venues or to extend their opening hours as the weather gets colder.

The money can be used towards things like providing meals or light refreshments, the cost of energy bills or paying running costs to stay open for longer.

To qualify for a grant, organisations must pledge to offer a heated space during the winter months, provide seating, may offer refreshments such as a warm drink and a biscuit and be free of charge.

People visiting warm spaces will also be offered information to help them with cost of living support, as well as advice on looking after their mental health and wellbeing.

Find out more about warm spaces and how to apply for a grant.