The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)’s Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund, managed by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) supported by the ACRE Network, awards funds 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.
To be eligible applicants must:
- be either a registered charity, charitable trust or company, CIO or a multi purpose church/sports/scout or guide hall that is open to the whole community and no other village hall is in situ;
- not be VAT registered;
- be a hall in a town or village of under 10,000 population; and
- have a freehold or leasehold interest in the hall in place. If there is a lease in place there must be at least 21 years left to run on the lease.
The aim of the grant is 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; and
- supports the local rural economy.
The following are examples of items of expenditure that could form part of your project. It is not an exhaustive list:
- Internal reconfigurations
- New roof and roof refurbishment which includes insulation
- Improvements which help to increase energy efficiency
- Refurbishment of toilets and kitchens
- Damp proofing
- Installation of Wi-Fi
- Guttering, repointing and drainage
- Replacement of external and/or internal doors
Greater emphasis will be given to applications who have already secured most of the funding.
Deadline: Tuesday 31 March 2020 or before if the £3 million fund becomes fully committed. Two stage process – only successful applicants will be invited to apply fully when the above deadline will apply.
For more information and how to apply please click here.
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