COMMUNITY groups can apply for a share of £100,000 from Inverclyde Council’s Warm Hand of Friendship scheme.
Applications are now being accepted for one-off grants of up to £3,000 to support activities designed to help residents during the cold winter months to access spaces, resources, and advice as temperatures plummet and prices rise.
Applications submitted by Friday 8 December will be assessed prior to the Christmas period. From January 2024, applications will be reviewed on a weekly, rolling basis until all the funding is awarded.
Grants will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
The inaugural Warm Hand of Friendship scheme provided 51 grants to 44 community groups and supported just over 10,000 people across nearly 1,300 sessions between October 2022 and March 2023.
Councillor Stephen McCabe, leader of Inverclyde Council and convener of policy and resources, said: “The figures from the first Warm Hand of Friendship scheme last winter speak for themselves with so many community groups and, more importantly, so many residents benefitting from a range of events, activities and advice.
“Credit to council officers and in particular the council’s community, learning and development service for getting the fund up and running so quickly following approval of funding just days ago.”
More information, including eligibility criteria, is available on the Inverclyde Council website at www.inverclyde.gov.uk/warmspaces