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Village Hall Improvements Grant

Thu 5 Sep 2019

In the first round, ACRE received 22 applications from eligible UK organisations to apply for funding from the Village Hall improvement Grant.

Background

This grant follows the Autumn 2018 budget which announced: to mark the centenary of the Armistice, government would support several initiatives, including making available grant funding to support improvement projects for village halls.

This is in recognition of the important role that village halls play in underpinning local community life.

The grant funding, managed by ACRE on behalf of Defra, with support from the ACRE Network, 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 funding is available and how much can be applied for?

A total of £3 million has been made available to ACRE to fund this grant scheme.

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.

When can you apply?

The application process is via the ACRE Website and can be found at www.acre.org.uk. It is a two-stage application process. The first stage is completion of an online application form and costings. The second stage is the submission of a full application at any time before March 31st 2020 or until it is announced that the Fund is fully committed.

Deadlines:

2nd round Award Panel 17th October (deadline 10th October 2019)

3rd round Award Panel 5th December (deadline 28th November 2019)

Who can apply for funding?

Applications from the following legal entities will be eligible:

• Registered Charities

• Charitable Trusts

• Charitable Incorporated Organisations

• Community Associations which are registered Charities

• Multi-purpose Church Halls and Scout and Guide buildings are also eligible where:

they are open for the whole community, there is no alternative village hall in situ,

they are not single use and they are clearly advertised as multi- purpose

• Charitable Companies

What will be funded?

The following are examples of items of expenditure that could form part of your project. It is not an exhaustive list:

• Extensions

• 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

Further information

More information can be found on the guidelines and eligibility criteria document via this link: https://bit.ly/2IpNVlo

Please contact your local Support Staffordshire Rural Officer who will be required to support your stage 2 application:

SOUTH EAST - Claire Jolly - clare.jolly@supportstaffordshire.org.uk

NORTH – Debbie Rushworth or Esther Jones debbie.rushworth@supportstaffordshire.org.ukesther.jones@supportstaffordshire.org.uk

SOUTH WEST - Michelle Cliff - michelle.cliff@supportstaffordshire.org.uk