The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a £3 million fund to improve village halls located in towns or villages across England that have a population of less than 10,000 people.
Village hall committees can start the application process now for grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 which can cover up to 20% of eligible costs.
The funding is intended for the updating and refurbishment of village halls so that they are fit for purpose and can provide activities which seek to achieve one or more of the following outcomes for the local community:
- Improved health and wellbeing/reduction in loneliness
- Demonstrates a positive impact on the environment
- Supports the local rural economy
The funding can support a number of different things, including, but not limited to:
- 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.
Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) is managing the fund on behalf of Defra.