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 is managed by ACRE on behalf of Defra with support from the ACRE Network, of which Community Lincs 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.
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 visit the dedicated ACRE Village Hall Grant Fund web page for more information and to download the guidance documents.
If your village or community building committee are wishing to apply, please do contact Samantha Smith here at Community Lincs for support with your project development and funding application.