Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan is highlighting a new scheme launched by Her Majesty’s Treasury supporting important community buildings as part of the Government’s commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War.
The grant scheme for Village Halls, many of which were built as a lasting memorial to the fallen, allows community buildings to remove VAT on major repairs and improvement projects.
The £3 million set aside will allow volunteer trustees to reclaim 20% of the cost of projects aimed at ensuring village halls remain thriving community assets.
Nicky said “Village Halls are invariably the hubs of their communities, they are relied on by local residents for so many purposes that we almost forget how important they are.
“The Government’s Village Hall scheme will go a long way in ensuring that these vital assets remain at the heart of our communities for generations to come.
“I would urge village hall committees to plan for repairs and refurbishments whilst funding is available.”
The grant scheme will be managed by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and further information can be found be visiting: http://acre.org.uk/our-work/rural-hall-improvement-fund.php