Warm Hub Grants
The 'Warm Welcome' scheme appears to be gathering pace - see the interactive map at warmwelcome.uk showing increased numbers of locations, and also an increase in locations registering as 'Places of Welcome' https://www.placesofwelcome.org.uk/
Whilst some church denominations are offering small grants to support this initiative, there is clearly a financial challenge for many in being open and warm. The email below gives a link to where LCC are also asking for details of locations, and offering small grants (£500) as well (there is no problem with being registered through more than one scheme).
Aimed at helping organisations in the community to run warm spaces this winter has been launched by Lancashire County Council.
All libraries in Lancashire have been designated as warm and welcome spaces where people can find a warm drink, a space to sit, free computers and Wi-Fi, charging points for digital equipment, events and activities and help from staff to find further information about what support is available.
To complement this offer, the county council has developed a new small grants scheme that will allow organisations in the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector, as well as for parish and town councils, to create or improve their warm space offer in their local community.
Grants of up to £500 will be available through a simple application process.
Those organisations wishing to offer a warm space will be asked to sign up to the Lancashire Warm Spaces Charter – a set of seven core principles that every warm space should adhere to.
Organisations will also be asked to register their facilities with us so we can let our residents know how to access them.
Please can you encourage local groups you know of to apply for the grants. We have kept the application process as simple as possible and we will let them know the outcome within 10 working days. More information about the Lancashire Warm Spaces Grant Scheme can be found on lancashire.gov.uk/costofliving.