Funding: Defra/ACRE – Village Hall Improvement Grants

The grant funding is managed by ACRE on behalf of Defra with support from the ACRE Network. The grant aims to help fund 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

The application process is via the ACRE Website and can be found at 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 March 31st, 2020 or until it is announced that the Fund is fully committed.

There will be greater emphasis given to applications who have already secured most of the funding.