£3m has been allocated to ACRE for distribution to village halls.

The Autumn Budget announced that the Government would provide up to £8 million to help with the cost of repairs and alterations to village halls, Miners’ Welfare facilities and Armed Forces organisations’ facilities. Of the £8m, £3m has been allocated to ACRE for distribution to village halls.

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) is the national voice for the 38 rural community councils (RCC) who make up the country’s largest rural network, of which CCB is the RCC for Berkshire.

The funding aims to prioritise older buildings; helping with updating or adaptions to keep them fit for use so they may continue to provide a diverse range of activities for people in the community.

ACRE had been hoping for a pilot refund scheme on VAT for village hall improvements, but this new fund is a great opportunity for several hall committees to apply for costs towards the refurbishment and alteration of their buildings. Funds won’t be available for new build halls.

For more detail of how the fund will work and whether your hall may be eligible keep in contact with your local ACRE Network member. kate.meads@ccberks.org.uk

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