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Through this Fund grants of up to £3,000 are available for community groups who will be open this winter for people to access a welcoming and warm space. This could be something set up specifically to help people this winter or an existing service that your community group offers.

Size of grant: £750 – £3,000

Fund geography: Durham County Council area

Programme details

A Welcome Space should be open to local people and free to access. The funding could be used to expand capacity or start a new project. For example a community centre may apply to cover the costs of providing a designated space with chairs and hot drinks, open at regular times each week.

It is anticipated Welcome Spaces will be open for members of the public on a drop-in basis and open weekly as a minimum.

Who can apply?

Community groups working within County Durham can apply.

What type of funding can you apply for?

Funding can be used to cover energy bills, staff time, volunteer expenses, provision of drinks and food and venue hire, as well as other relevant costs. (The grant cannot be used to fund boiler replacements, insulation or other improvements to buildings.)

When to apply

Applications can be submitted at any time. Groups should hear the outcome of their application within 10 working days.

Successful applicants will be sent a copy of the Welcome Spaces Charter, training information and a poster for them to display in their Welcome Space.

Further details are in the Grant Guidelines. Groups should read these carefully before applying.

Please contact a member of the Grants Team on if you have any questions or need help with your application.