Platinum Jubilee Village Hall Fund Re-opens for Grants of up to £75,000

The Platinum Jubilee Village Hall Fund has re-opened for new applications.

Community buildings can submit applications for grants of between £7,500 and £75,000, which can be used to cover up to 20% of capital costs associated with renovation and improvement projects.

Please note that only community buildings located in rural areas with a population of less than 10,000 are eligible for this funding.  This means that organisations within the Cheltenham Borough Council area, the Gloucester City Council area, Bishop’s Cleeve, Churchdown, Cirencester town, Lydney town, Stroud town or Tewkesbury town are not eligible to apply to this fund.

What can this fund be used for?

Capital improvements for community buildings that:

  • Upgrade facilities
  • Extend facilities
  • Improve facilities
  • Purchase capital items

And seek to achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

  • improved health and/or wellbeing and/or reduction in rural loneliness
  • positive impact on the local environment, contributing towards net zero
  • support for the local rural economy
  • promotion of community cohesion

Not eligible:

  • Repairs, maintenance or renewals
  • Building projects that have already started
  • Work that is undertaken solely to ensure compliance with Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements
  • Improvements to car parks, parking areas, adjacent recreational areas or landscaping
  • Architects, surveyors or specialist survey fees
  • Feasibility studies, planning applications or project managers’ fees

Who can apply to this fund?

The following legal entities can apply:

  • Registered Charities
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs)
  • Community Associations that are registered charities
  • Multi-purpose church, scout or guide halls
  • Charitable Companies
  • Parish & Town Councils
  • Parochial Church Councils

Not eligible:

  • Community Interest Companies (CICs)
  • Companies
  • Sports Pavilions
  • School Halls
  • Parish & Town Councils that are custodian trustees
  • Beneficiaries of the Village Hall Improvement Fund, Platinum Jubilee Village Hall Fund, Rural England Prosperity Fund or United Kingdom Shared Prosperity Fund

This process is highly competitive, so please only submit an application to the fund once your project is ready to proceed and you have everything in place. This includes any required planning permission.

Application Process and Timescales

Applications Flow Chart

The above diagram shows the various stages of the applications process.   For the September 2024 DEFRA Panel Meeting, Stage 2 applications need to be submitted to GRCC by noon on Friday 9th August.  For the October 2024 DEFRA Panel Meeting, Stage 2 applications need to be submitted to GRCC by noon on Friday 6th September. 


You can find out more and apply here on the ACRE website.

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