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£3m grant for village halls launched

Published: 9th Apr, 2019

£3m grant for village halls launched


Applications are now open for a new £3 million government fund to help village halls with the cost of refurbishments.

The scheme is being managed by Action for Communities in Rural England (ACRE) on behalf of Defra.

It 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.

Defra Minister for Rural Affairs Lord Gardiner and MP Robert Jenrick launched the fund at Oxton Village Hall, Nottinghamshire, on Friday 5 April.

Lord Gardiner said: “This launch is to see how we can enhance and improve the facilities, and this will make a big difference for a large number of communities with village halls."

ACRE provides support and advice to rural communities via a national network of 38 member organisations, including Shropshire RCC.

ACRE Chair, David Emerson CBE said: “We are hugely appreciative for the ongoing recognition from government of village halls.”

To find out more about the fund and apply, visit the ACRE website here.


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