Funding! Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund

Friday 5th April saw the launch of the much anticipated £3 million Village Hall Improvement Grant Scheme. This followed the announcement in the  Autumn 2018 budget, that to mark the centenary of the Armistice, the government would support several initiatives, including making available grant funding to support improvement projects for village halls.

Village hall committees across England are now able to apply for grants of up to £75,000 towards refurbishment and alteration of their buildings, from improvement works on existing facilities through to new meeting rooms. The new scheme, which will help around 100 community building projects to get on site and start work, was opened by Rural Affairs Minister Lord Gardiner  (middle) and Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick  (left) and were introduced by David Emerson CBE (right), at the Oxton Village Hall in Nottinghamshire.

The grant funding is being managed by ACRE, on behalf of Defra with support from the county based ACRE Network. The grant aims to help fund the updating and refurbishment of village halls so that they are fit for purpose and provide activities which seek to achieve one or more of the following outcomes for their communities:

  • Improved health and wellbeing/reduction in loneliness
  • Demonstrates a positive impact on the environment
  • Supports the local rural economy

There will be greater emphasis given to applications who have already secured most of the funding. 

Speaking at the launch, hosted by the Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire, Minister for Rural Affairs Lord Gardiner said:

Village halls are the cornerstone of our rural communities. They provide vital spaces and facilities for people across the country – from fitness and social activity through to healthcare and education.

I am delighted to launch officially this £3 million grant scheme for village halls, supporting these important hubs for our local communities.

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick said:

Village halls are the heart of rural communities. This £3 million will help ensure that people living in villages across the country will be able to enjoy these important assets for many years to come.

Many village halls were built as memorials to local people who lost their lives in the first world war and this funding is part of our national commemoration of the centenary of the armistice.

The new funding will cover 20% of the total costs of a project. The remaining funding can come from a combination of charity reserves, fundraising, local authority funding and other grants. The application must be a village hall or similar rural community building and a registered charity. New build projects will not be eligible to apply to the fund due to their high costs and long timescales.

For further details about the fund and how to apply, follow the link below to the ACRE website, or contact Helena Stubbs at RAD on: 01629 592973 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Click here to see how you can apply.