Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund

undefined The Autumn 2018 budget announced 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.

The village hall grant funding will be managed by ACRE on behalf of Defra with support from the ACRE Network, of which Cambridgeshire ACRE is a member.

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.

How much can be applied for?

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.

Who is Eligible?

Please download the guidelines and eligibility criteria before completing Stage 1 of the application process.

How to Apply:

There is a two-stage application process:

Stage 1 – you need to complete a Project Funding Form and a Stage 1 Application Form.

Stage 2 – you will complete a full application. Once you have completed the stage 1 forms, you will be invited to submit a full application to the 2nd Stage of the application process.

More Information:

Please visit the dedicated ACRE Village Hall Grant Fund web page for more information and to download the guidance documents.

Please contact us here at Cambridgeshire ACRE if you have any queries or would like support with the funding application.


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New Grant for Village Halls – Launch Event Live Stream

As we have previously reported, the launch of the £3m fund allocated to ACRE for distribution to village halls in England is happening tomorrow, Friday 5th April 2019.

If you’d like to watch the action as it unfolds, you can watch on the link below. Rural broadband permitting the stream will begin at 11.30am.

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Did you know that your Village Hall or Community Building can take part in the #CommunityBusiness weekend?

This will be a fantastic opportunity for you to promote what you do, find new customers, volunteers and members!

Why not get your community together as part of Community Business Weekend 2019 #CBWkd19 (16-19 May) to showcase your impact.

Find out how you can get involved at the dedicated Community Business Weekend 2019 website.

If you use social media to take part in this weekend, don’t forget to tag Cambridgeshire ACRE in! You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.