Funding your village hall project!

Fundraising is a major challenge for managers of community buildings. It requires time, patience and a massive commitment especially for larger, capital projects. The most successful projects are those delivered through a dedicated group of volunteers that have the necessary skills and capacity to develop a strategic project plan. Some projects may consider using professional fundraisers, but this can significantly increase the overall project cost.

A good place to start is to read ACRE Information Sheet 23 – Planning an extension, refurbishment or a new build village hall.

This guide provides core guidance on funding a capital project. It also covers the key elements of the process, from the beginning of the idea all the way through to getting the money and spending it. It ranges from applicants knowing the basic information, such as having the correct governing documents and tenure of the hall, to submitting a sound business case built on robust evidence of need and statistical data built on consultation and research.

If you are not familiar with the principles of fundraising, investing a little of your time in learning about the basics beforehand, can save you time, energy and hopefully a lot of potential heartache from failed bids in the longer term.

The Online Resource Centre is a good place to start:

https://www.resourcecentre.org.uk/information/planning-a-funding-application/

Your local Council for Voluntary Service may also be able to offer generic fundraising advice, training seminars or be able to offer access to a fund raising search facility, such as Funding Central.

List of Funders
RAD’s list of funders is not exclusive. Sources of funding are often date sensitive and new opportunities may arise at any time. This is often the case with government or public funding and the National Lottery for example. In addition, there are thousands of Charitable Trust Funds and Foundations in England, and no doubt, many of these will fund capital projects than are not include in our limited list.

This list includes those funders that we know have funded village halls in the past.
We recommend that you contact the funders you have selected directly, before applying to discuss your project and eligibility, as the relevant requirements, exclusions or priorities to the fund may change over time.

RAD recommends that you identify funders available in your local area first (District/Borough/ Postcode) before searching for countywide, regional and then National opportunities.

If you require further information support or advice on funding a project, please contact RAD and we will respond as soon as we can.

V H Funding Opportunities_2022.pdf