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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.




Government provides support for Village Halls

Charities are being invited to apply to a £3m government fund for improving village halls.

The Village Halls Improvement Grant Fund will issue awards for up to 20 per cent of improvement costs, with a minimum grant of £10,000 and a maximum grant of £75,000 available.

This means that overall scheme costs could be between £50,000 and £375,000.

For more information click here:

The fund is being managed by ACRE on behalf of DEFRA and with the support of the local ACRE network.

For more information on costs, guidelines and possible timelines click here:

If you require information or advice on any aspect of this fund please contact Cambridgeshire ACRE at lisa.chambers@cambsacre.org.uk

The Power of Pro-activity

The Stapleford Village Hall Fund was set up after the sale of Stapleford Village Hall: The decision was taken locally not to build a new village hall and this charity was set up with the proceeds (£15,000) from the sale of the old village hall to the Local Education Authority. The charity may provide financial support to organisations in the area of benefit who apply to them for a grant. This charity came to Support Cambridgeshire partner Cambridgeshire ACRE’s attention after a search on the Charity Commission website which identified organisations are overdue with their annual returns.  Cambridgeshire ACRE contacted the trustees to see if they could offer any support to bring their organisational records up to date.

It was clear from initial telephone conversations and a subsequent meeting that this charity has not been running in accordance with the governing document for some time.

Cambridgeshire ACRE are now working with the charity to get legal advice and support from the Charity Commission. This case is ongoing as the charity trustees now have two options on a route forward.

These are to run the charity in accordance with their governing document and seek an exemption from the annual return as their annual income and expenditure is low OR formally close the charity and distribute the funds with the assistance and permission of the Charity Commission.

Support Cambridgeshire partners pride themselves on a level of pro-activity. Stapleford Village Hall would never have come into contact with the support and advice offer provided to Village Halls if Cambridgeshire ACRE had not reviewed the Charity Commission website to remind Village Hall charities to complete their annual returns.

If you require any information, support or advice as a Village Hall Trustee then please contact Lisa.Chambers@Cambsacre.org.uk.

Village Hall Trustees can attend any Support Cambridgeshire training or networking event free of charge (of which there are 22 in each year).

For more information visit our Training and Events page on the Support Cambridgeshire website.