Grants to create ‘warm spaces’ across County Durham unveiled

Funding of £200,000 has been announced to support community groups and organisations offering warm spaces as the cost-of-living crisis continues.

Durham County Council and County Durham Community Foundation have teamed up to provide the funding to create a network of places where people can go to safe, trusted spaces that happen to be warm.

Community groups and organisations across the County can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 for their warm space offer.

Cllr Alan Shield, Cabinet member for equality and inclusion, said: “We know many of our residents are already feeling the pressure because of the rising cost of living. With many expected to struggle this winter, we want to do all we can to support the creation of warm spaces and ease the burden on anyone who is experiencing food and fuel poverty.

“Community groups and organisations are already doing a fantastic job in planning and setting up these Warm Spaces. Our funding will help to ensure as many residents as possible can benefit from these warm and safe environments. We would encourage groups to apply for a grant so we can work together for the benefit of our communities.”

The network aims to support residents through the winter following an increase in energy costs and the rising cost-of-living.

Alongside community groups and organisations, 39 library buildings will also join the scheme.

Each Warm Space will also signpost those who need it to financial support and energy efficiency advice.

Get details and apply.

Grants to create ‘warm spaces’ across County Durham unveiled

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