Financial help for Warm Spaces

If you’re a local charity, voluntary or community organisation running a Warm Space in Bath & North East Somerset you are now able to apply for a £250 grant from the council’s Community Contribution Fund.

The fund was set up in 2021 to offer residents the chance to help local groups to reduce inequalities in the district and, thanks to the generosity of residents, has received £3,595 in donations since April 2022.

To be eligible for funding, organisations must have registered their Warm Space on the council’s directory and agreed to the Warm Spaces Charter.

The grant funding can be used to help support the costs involved in offering a Warm Space, such as energy costs, the provision of Wi-Fi, food and drinks, or activities that are taking place in the space.

Organisations can apply by completing the online form . Applications will be considered on a rolling programme until 3 March 2023, or until all the funds have been distributed.

All grant applications will be assessed by officers from the council’s Community Engagement Team and a applicants will be notified of a decision within two weeks.

Councillor Richard Samuel, deputy leader and cabinet member for Resources, said: “We want to thank all the residents who have made donations to the fund this year. Many organisations across B&NES have stepped up to support the Warm Spaces initiative in response to the cost-of-living crisis and soaring energy costs. Receiving a grant from the Community Contribution Fund will help them to deliver offer a warm welcome to residents across B&NES that are struggling to meet the cost of energy to heat their homes.”

The B&NES Community Contribution Fund is administered by Bath & North East Somerset Council. It is not used to supplement council services. Every penny contributed will is used to fund local projects.

Residents wishing to donate to the Community Contribution Fund can do so on the council website.  

A list of all the Warm Spaces in B&NES can be found on the website.