Fife Voluntary Action (FVA) is working in partnership with Fife Council to provide small grants to community organisations to deliver warm spaces and activities over the winter period 2022/23. This is one of a number of direct responses by Fife Council to the current cost-of-living crisis.
FVA will administer the Community Warm Spaces Fund to make available financial support to community groups already operating in Fife that are able to provide additional services, hours and/or capacity during the colder months. The activity must operate from a suitably accessible venue and offer some aspect of social interaction or additionality to just a warm space. A safe, secure, warm, and welcoming space, particularly for more vulnerable members of our communities, including those experiencing social isolation and financial hardship, must be offered. We will only fund projects where there is no similar provision nearby and where it is complementary to any statutory or other provision being offered in the local area.
The fund is a small grant scheme to fund the direct additional costs of providing such an activity. We are anticipating awarding grants of between £500 and £2,500, with some exceptional awards no higher than £5,000.
Who can apply
Third sector organisations providing a service in Fife.
What will it fund
Potential applicants should meet some of the following objectives:
Extend current provision, e.g., staying open longer and/or operating additional hours or days
Opportunity to increase access for both new and current beneficiaries
Increase staff hours to allow for increased provision
Increase volunteer input with expenses
Organisation can demonstrate they support at risk groups e.g., older people or vulnerable families.
The community group cannot charge for membership, services, or participation.
Funding facilities for individuals / families to attend e.g., breakfast club, afterschool activity, supper club or just a drop in and access the resources.