Published: 9th Apr 2019

A £3m fund to improve village halls and better connect rural communities has been launched by the government. Village hall committees are now able to apply for grants of up to £75,000 towards refurbishment and alteration of their buildings, from improvement works on existing facilities through to new meeting rooms, and it’s expected the fund will help 100 projects get off the ground. Applicants must show how the money will improve health and wellbeing in their community, reduce loneliness, improve the environment or support the local rural economy. The government says the funding will cover 20% of the total costs of a project, with the remaining funding coming from a combination of charity reserves, fundraising, local authority funding and other grants such as the National Lottery Community Fund. The application must be a village hall or similar rural community building and a registered charity. New build projects will not be eligible … (To read the full article, subscribe below)