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Government Grants for Rural Community  Buildings (England)

ACRE are pleased to be managing a grant fund on behalf of Defra to support the modernisation and improvement of rural community buildings.

A £3 million fund was originally launched by government in May 2022 to mark Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee and in the 2024 Spring Budget, this was uplifted by a further £5 million. In 2023, over £1 million was awarded to groups with ambitious projects, many of which were concerned with improving the energy efficiency of buildings.

As far as multi-use spaces within Churches are concerned applications are welcome where there is not a village hall or other similar meeting place in the village. Similarly, some Church halls will be eligible. Applications are looked at carefully by the award panel so church applications will be given fair consideration.

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