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Village halls to see major revamp as Platinum Jubilee fund opens

Village halls across England can now apply for grants to improve and modernise their facilities, as the Platinum Jubilee Village Hall Fund opens for applications.

The fund, which was launched to mark the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, recognises the important role that village halls play in supporting rural communities.

Village halls can request grants from £7,500 to £75,000, and up to a maximum of 20% of eligible project costs. Capital grants will be allocated to support infrastructure improvements, the refurbishment of facilities, such as kitchens and toilets, and measures to improve energy efficiency.

It is anticipated that the fund will support around 125 village halls over a three-year period creating bigger, better, and brighter village halls for communities.

Lord Benyon, Minister for Rural Affairs, said: “Village halls remain a key community asset and efforts to modernise these spaces will ensure that they are used by generations to come.”

The application window will close on 20 January 2023, with successful applicants being able to draw on the funding from April 2023.

For further information, including how to apply for the fund, click here.

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