Believe housing fund to help people keep warm this winter

Housing provider, believe housing has temporarily closed its community grants scheme, so the money can be used for a new Keep Warm, Keep Well fund.

It has changed the direction of a £25,000 grants scheme, so the cash can go directly to County Durham projects that address the rising cost of living.

Not-for-profit groups in County Durham can apply for £500 towards new initiatives, or to sustain existing activities, that will support people this winter.

Damian Pearson, (pictured) from the Community Investment Team at believe housing said: “We know times are tough, and people will feel that even more when the cold weather bites. To help, we have repurposed our community grants funding so the money can support projects that get to the heart of issues our customers and communities are facing right now.”

Community groups must meet certain criteria to receive a grant, but the range of projects the Keep Warm, Keep Well fund can support is varied.

A grant could help pay for activities or refreshments at a Warm Space venue or food for a Christmas event, lunch club or meal delivery.

Funding could help an organisation provide essential items for people at home, such as blankets, hot water bottles and flasks, or to offer energy efficiency advice.

The money can also be used to support a foodbank, clothing bank, or help a group buy a community washing machine or fridge freezer.

Get information about the Keep Warm, Keep Well community grants at:

Believe housing fund to help people keep warm this winter

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