Village halls in South Shropshire could benefit from up to £75,000 of grant funding if they apply to a government funded scheme, according to local MP Philip Dunne.
In the Autumn Budget last year, it was announced the government would support several initiatives to mark the Armistice of the First World War, including making available grant funding to support improvement projects for village halls. 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.
The grant funding is being managed by ACRE on behalf of Defra, and will support projects that aim to improve the health and wellbeing, including reducing loneliness; making a positive impact on the environment; or supports the local rural economy.
Mr Dunne said: “Village halls in South Shropshire provide a useful and versatile space for the local community, but improvement projects can be expensive. So this Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund is welcome, and could help meet the costs of ensuring village halls across South Shropshire are fit for purpose for the future.
Applications can be made online, and I hope South Shropshire will secure its share of this funding.”
For more information on how to apply, please visit http://acre.org.uk/our-work/rural-hall-improvement-fund.php. The application must be made by a village hall or similar rural community building and a registered charity. New build projects will not be eligible to apply due to their high costs and long timescales.