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ACRE /Village Halls/ Dec 2024

Grants available:  between £2k-£5k

District: UK

Application closes: The fund is open from 1 February 2024 until December 2024, or until available funding is fully allocated.

Who is the funding for : village and community halls in rural areas



The Village Halls Small Grants Fund is provided by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and administered by the charity Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE).

This is the latest release of the £3 million Platinum Jubilee Village Halls Fund announced by government in May 2022 in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee, and it is designed to help the volunteers running village halls make easy steps towards capital improvements.

The fund reopened earlier this month to new applicants who wish to undertake smaller projects such as disability access, toilet upgrades and new kitchens.

Grants of between £2,000 and £5,000 are available to cover 20% of the eligible capital project costs including the VAT. There is no upper limit for the total capital costs. Smaller projects will be prioritised. All project work must be complete before the end of March 2025.

The funding will support capital improvements only, where projects aim to upgrade, extend, or improve facilities and to purchase capital items.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be accepted from the following legal entities:

  • Registered charities
  • Charitable trusts.
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs).
  • Community Associations which are registered charities.
  • Multi-purpose Church Halls, Scout and Guide buildings are also eligible where they are open for the whole community, there is no alternative village hall in the vicinity, they are not single use and they are clearly advertised as multi-purpose.
  • Charitable Companies.

To be eligible, the village hall must:

  • Be charity owned and managed by the community.
  • Be located in a local rural area with a population of less than 10,000 people.
  • Have a freehold or leasehold in place. If a leasehold interest, there must be at least 21 years left to run on the lease.




Hearts Research/ Vulnerable and Isolated Adults/ 12 June 2024

Grants available:  up to £15K

District: Cambridgeshire is included in areas to be funded

Applications for England South: 12 June to 10 July

Who is the funding for : vulnerable and isolated groups of individuals

Link:Healthy Heart Grants – Heart Research UK


The funding is for new projects that work with communities to prevent heart disease, particularly for vulnerable and isolated groups of individuals (adults) who are at an increased risk of developing heart problems in the future. Projects that are likely to have a big impact and have considered novel ways to encourage people to look after their hearts and promote positive lifestyle changes are also sought.

Activities must have a primary focus on one or more of the following four risk factors for heart disease:

  • Nutrition and Healthy Eating.
  • Physical Activity.
  • Smoking.
  • Alcohol.

The funding can support salaries, overhead expenses/on costs and equipment that is necessary for the successful delivery of the project which should be for at least three months but no more than 12 months.

The funding rotates around the UK at different times of the year.

The 2024 application windows are:

  • Wales (27 March to 24 April).
  • England North (8 May to 5 June).
  • England South (12 June to 10 July).
  • Scotland (17 July to 14 August).
  • Northern Ireland (21 August to 18 September).

This is a competitive grant scheme as there is a funding pot of £15,000 for each region.

Who Can Apply

Heart Research UK (HRUK) will be offering grants of up to £15,000 again this year to registered charities and community interest companies (CICs) in the UK with an annual income of less than £1 million.