Grant Funding Available for New Repair Cafés

Do you enjoy tinkering and fixing old toasters radios and the like? Do you love getting involved with community projects? Then running a repair café may be what you have waiting to do? There is still time to apply for funding for people or community groups that run, or want to run, a repair café.

What is a repair café?

Repair cafés are places to meet, fix things and enjoy a good natter with other like-minded people who would rather repair an item than put it in the bin. To find out more about them, Click here. 

Repair cafés are run by dedicated volunteers who enjoy a cup of tea with people from their community. If you don’t want to run one but have the skills to volunteer at a local repair café, please email

So, where do I fit in?

Grant funding is available for those who want to run a repair café in Herefordshire. The funding scheme is designed to help communities cover the costs of setting up, expanding or restarting an existing repair café. Successful applicants can get up to £2500 to hire a venue, and help towards repair café membership insurance, tools, training, and promotions or to expand an existing café to repair more items. More information, guidance documents and application forms can be found by Clicking Here

What’s in it for the community?

Repair cafés are brilliant for communities and the environment by encouraging repair and reuse. They:

  • Use local venues, which benefits all residents
  • Provide opportunities for residents to make the most of their repair skills and experience for the good of their community
  • Support local climate and environmental work
  • Build communities and relationships through repair (and drinking tea together)
  • Save members of your community money by keeping their favourite items working for longer

What are the aims of the project?

Herefordshire Council want to build on the great work being done at existing repair cafés. As well as helping existing ones to expand, they also want to establish new ones to build a repair network right across Herefordshire.

This will help prevent tons of everyday household items (including clothes, furniture, electrical goods, bikes, crockery and toys, etc) from being thrown away. In doing this, they are supporting Herefordshire Carbon Neutral by 2030 target. All of which will help residents save money, reduce waste and reap the rewards of repair.

Need more help? Please email:

Visit Community Repair Network to find out more.

Don’t bin it, mend it!



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