Village halls across England can apply for grants to improve and modernise their facilities.

Launched by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, the Platinum Jubilee Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund will provide capital only grants of up to £5,000 for capital improvement projects to create welcoming spaces that encourage more people to make use of their village halls, and bring people together.

The fund is being managed by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE).

Activities should seek to achieve one or more of the following outcomes for their communities:

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

Grants are intended to support smaller capital projects such as:

  • boiler replacements
  • insulation
  • toilet upgrades
  • new kitchens

Awards can be made to cover 20% of eligible project costs.

The fund is expected to stay open until December 2024, however it may be withdrawn before this.

Applicants are advised to read the fund criteria and FAQs before submitting their application. ACRE recommend applicants only submit their application once the project is ready to proceed, and everything is in place.