Village Halls Improvement Grant Fund

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www.acre.org.uk Village Halls Improvement Grant Fund Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria

Introduction The Autumn 2018 budget announced that, to mark the centenary of the Armistice, government would support several initiatives, including making available grant funding to support improvement projects for village halls. This is in recognition of the important role that village halls play in underpinning local community life, enabling activities to prevent loneliness among people living in rural areas and to create stronger communities.

It is recognised that raising funds for major repairs and improvements is a challenge for trustees of village halls and that the 20% VAT payable on such work can be a significant sum which, in most cases, cannot be recovered, in contrast to halls run by parish and town councils, which can recover VAT.

The aim of this grant funding is the updating and refurbishment of village halls so that they are fit for purpose and provide activities which seek to achieve one or more of the following outcomes for their communities: • Improved health and wellbeing/reduction in loneliness • Demonstrates a positive impact on the environment • Supports the local rural economy

There will be greater emphasis given to applications who have already secured most of the funding. The grant funding will be managed by ACRE on behalf of Defra with support from the ACRE Network.

How much funding is available and how much can be applied for? £3 million has been made available to ACRE to fund this grant scheme. The scheme 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.

When can we apply? The application process is via the ACRE Website and can be found at www.acre.org.uk. It is a two-stage application process. The first stage is completion of an online application form and costings. The second stage is the submission of a full application at any time before 31st March 2020 or until it is announced that the Fund is fully committed.

Who can apply for funding? Applications from the following legal entities will be eligible: • Registered Charities • Charitable Trusts • Charitable Incorporated Organisations • Community Associations which are registered Charities • Multi-purpose Church Halls and Scout and Guide buildings are also eligible where they are open for the whole community, there is no alternative village hall in situ, they are not single use and they are clearly advertised as multi- purpose • Charitable Companies Applications from the following legal entities will not be eligible: • Parish and Town Councils • Community Interest Companies (CICs) • Companies – Industrial and Provident Societies, Co-Operatives or Community Associations where no charity registration is in place • Sports Pavilions with amateur sports club status • School Halls • Any organisation, charitable or otherwise, which is VAT registered

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