Grants & Funding
LEADER provides funding for projects in rural communities that are trying out something new. There are 3 LEADER areas in Kent. For further information please click here.
Rural Community Buildings Loan Fund
The Rural Community Buildings Loan Fund plays a crucial role in helping community groups renovate and refurbish buildings such as village halls, church halls and community centres.
It encourages communities to raise funds, knowing a loan could be available to help them meet their target and win funding from other sources.
The Fund is managed by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), the national voice for England’s network of 38 rural community councils, on behalf of Defra.
The average loan taken out by village hall committees is around £15,000 – but larger loans are considered. Around 40 loans are live at any one time and ACRE makes around 10 to 14 new loans every year. The interest charged on the loan is returned to the Government, but capital is put back into the fund to support other community buildings.