The Government has launched a new scheme which will see £3 million in grants to regenerate village halls.
Village hall committees are now able to apply for grants of up to £75,000 towards refurbishment and alterations of their buildings, from improvement works on existing facilities through to new meeting rooms.
The new scheme, which will help around 100 community building projects to start work was opened by Rural Affairs Minister Lord Gardiner and Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick at the Oxton Village Hall in Nottinghamshire. Lord Gardiner said,
“Village halls are the cornerstone of our rural communities. They provide vital spaces and facilities for people across the country – from fitness and social activity through to healthcare and education.
I am delighted to launch officially this £3 million grant scheme for village halls, supporting these important hubs for our local communities.”
The new funding will cover 20% of the total costs of a project. The remaining funding comes from a combination of charity reserves, fundraising, local authority funding and other grants.
Applications must be a village hall or similar rural community building and a registered charity.
The grant funding will be managed by ACRE on behalf of Defra.