Supporting community warm spaces

Posted on Friday 1st December 2023

A grant scheme for community organisations to offer warm spaces to residents is being expanded this year following it success last year. 

Once again partnering with GAVO, Newport City Council hopes to be able to assist at least 25 groups with the potential for 700 sessions open to 9000 people. 

The third sector organisations will offer a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment to people who may be struggling to heat their homes or at risk of isolation. 

Council leader Councillor Jane Mudd said: “Last year, the community-run schemes were extremely popular. Grants were given to 21 groups who delivered 448 sessions, attended by more than 6,300 residents. 

“We want to build on that success, using funding from the UK government’s Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF) to help even more organisations provide a warm space for even more residents this winter.” 

Councillor Debbie Harvey, cabinet member for community wellbeing, said: “I’m delighted that we can offer financial assistance again. 

“It will help local groups, who are at the heart of their communities, offer vital support to residents during the coldest months of the year.” 

Organisations that are interested in applying for a grant of up to £2,499 to help provide a warm space can visit 

Find out more about cost-of-living support and advice from the council and partners. 

If you have an enquiry, you can also email [email protected] and it will be passed to one of our teams or another organisation that we think may be able to help, or call 01633 656656.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. 

The fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. 

The council has been awarded more than £30 million from the fund for a wide range of projects across the city.

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