To mark the centenary of the Armistice, the government decided, in the Autumn 2018 Budget, to support several initiatives, including making available grant funding to support improvement projects for village halls.
The grant funding will be managed by ACRE on behalf of Defra with support from the 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
The scheme will fund up to 20% of eligible costs, with a minimum grant of £10,000 and a maximum grant of £75,000 payable. This means overall scheme costs would be between £50,000 and £375,000.
There will be greater emphasis given to applications who have already secured most of the funding.
There is a two-stage application process. Although there is no stated deadline for stage one applications, groups should bear in mind the deadline for second stage applications is 31 March 2020 or as soon as the funding is fully committed.
To find out more, check eligibility & apply click this link: