Applications to the Rural Community Building Fund are now welcomed. The loan fund is to help community buildings to complete re-building or refurbishment works, where there are temporary gaps in funding. This could be for urgent works, or when funds have been secured but not yet released. Please call 01285 653477 and ask for a Rural Community Buildings Loan Fund application pack. The West of England Rural Network will support you through the application process, submit and endorse the application on your behalf. Loans of up to £20 000 are usually available; larger amounts will be considered, particularly where needed as bridging finance.
One way to gain recognition for a well run and managed hall is through the Hallmark Scheme.
Managing a hall is a balancing act and volunteers managing them juggle many responsibilities from governance to fundraising. The ACRE Publication Community Assets – Keep their future vibrant outlines some practical steps and facts for users and funders of Village Halls.