Grants for organisations opening a Cool Space

Bedford Borough Council is offering grants of up to £250 to support local partners with costs associated with opening a Cool Space.

Grant funding for cool spaces that are welcoming, accessible, non-judgemental and inclusive can cover any of the associated costs listed below:

  • utility bills, including gas and electricity
  • staff time
  • volunteer expenses
  • venue hire
  • equipment or furniture (for example extra chairs) for the cool space 
  • the provision of drinks and food for those accessing the cool space

Application criteria

You do not have to represent a registered charity but you do need:

  • a bank account or a partner organisation willing to hold the money for you
  • a safeguarding policy, public liability insurance, and a hygiene certificate, if relevant
  • to offer access to the cool space free of charge and any charges for activities, including refreshments, must be communicated when describing what is available
  • to ensure the venue is cool and well ventilated
  • to spend the grant by 31 September 2023
  • to agree to include the Cool Space on the Bedford Borough Council website
  • to provide the total number of residents that have accessed your Cool Space by 6 October 2023

How to apply for a Cool Spaces grant

Please complete the Cool Spaces Grant application form (Word) and return by email to

Deadline for applications is 15 September 2023.