The National Rural Conference 2024

The Rural Services Network (RSN) is thrilled to announce the National Rural Conference 2024, taking place from 16th to 19th September. This virtual event, accessible via Zoom, is the premier gathering for senior officers, members, policymakers, and rural service professionals.
Further information and booking details can be found here

ACRE Reopens Grant Applications for Village Hall Improvements

ACRE is pleased to confirm that village hall management committees can apply once again for larger grants to improve their buildings

The fund, which was originally announced to mark the Late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has reopened for new applications.

Groups 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.

This latest window for new applications is expected to last until government funding has been exhausted. The process is competitive and hall committees must be able to complete the project work by the end of March 2025.

Interested groups are strongly encouraged to read information and guidance about the fund available from ACRE’s website before applying.

Smaller grants up to a value of £5,000 have been awarded to over 100 beneficiaries over the past few months, however this ancillary scheme is now closed for the time being and may re-open in the future subject to available funding.

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