Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund

Friday, April 5, 2019

On Friday 5 April Nottinghamshire MP Robert Jenrick and Defra Minister for Rural Affairs Lord Gardiner launched a £3m grant for the improvement of village halls.

The Village Hall Improvements Grant Fund is managed by ACRE on behalf of Defra with support from the ACRE Network, of which Northamptonshire 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 is a 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.  To download this document, please click here

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.

Please contact Frances Harris, Community Facilities Adviser, for further information:  [email protected]