Community Hot-Spot Fund

Please note that this funding opportunity is currently only available for groups in the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.
Each year, we support Norfolk charities to provide vital services for people living in our county, combatting isolation and loneliness and improving people’s wellbeing during the colder months. This year, due to a generous contribution from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, we are able to support additional Community Hot-Spots in this area.
Grants of up to £2,000 are available to contribute towards the cost of running or establishing a Community Hot-Spot that gives a warm welcome to the whole community, in particular reaching those who are vulnerable or have been impacted by the cost-of-living crisis. A Community Hot-Spot is a warm space for people to take a break from the cold and connect with others over the winter months.
Laura, Head of Programmes, explains the Community Hot-Spot Fund

In your application, please tell us about your idea for a Community Hot-Spot. As well providing warmth, this space should bring the community together. This can be anything from providing a cup of tea and a warm welcome, to enabling access to wider support services. All ideas are welcome!

Please click below to see our full guidance on ‘Community Hot-Spots’.

Organisations that provide the following documentation with their application will be more likely to receive funding.

  • A copy of a recent bank statement (dated within the last year)
  • A copy of your safeguarding policy, this should include the name of your group’s designated safeguarding officer.

Before making an application, please ensure that your organisation meets our eligibility requirements.

This funding might be right for you if:

  • You are a small grassroots community group or charity.
  • You are an established organisation with a track record of delivering activities or services that benefit vulnerable people in your community.
  • You are looking for funding to support the costs involved in providing a warm space for people in your community.
  • You can start spending your grant immediately. Funds should be spent by 31st March 2024.

This funding is not right for you if:

  • You are not a constituted group.
  • Your project is a capital (building) project, including boiler replacement/ repair and new windows.
  • You are a Private sector organisation.
  • You are looking for funding to support the costs associated in heating organisation office space.

This map shows all of the Community Hot-Spots that were funded in last years appeal. Please take a look at our 2022/23 Community Hot-Spot map to see if any Community Hot-Spots were established near you.

Last year, we were able to deliver this programme thanks to contributions from Norfolk County Council, Norwich City Council and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk

We are able to offer this support thanks to generous donations from the public into our Surviving Winter fund, and thanks to our partners.

How to apply

Please use the ‘Apply online’ link below to begin an online application. If you have any questions or would like to discuss an application, please get in touch.

When to apply

This will be a rolling grant opportunity and will close when funds are fully spent. Applications will be assessed and payments administered on a rolling basis.

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Who can apply?

Charity, Faith organisation, Parish/Town Council, Social Enterprise/CIC, and Voluntary/Community Group

Eligible Area

King’s Lynn & West Norfolk

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