Funders and partners

We have a strong record of collaborating with government, third sector organisations, and academics to provide rural advocacy, undertake research and deliver programmes.

At the moment, we are working extensively with the following organisations:

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Cirican

We have a close relationship with Cirican, a rural research and consultancy agency set up by 18 members of the ACRE Network. Because it is run by people with experience of rural community issues, it is able to offer a specialist service backed up with a wealth of connections.

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Defra

We have a long-term, strategic relationship with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) who subsidise ACRE Network members to support rural community projects and provide intelligence on rural matters.

As part of this relationship, we have routine meetings with departmental personnel at which we provide comment on policy proposals which could have an impact on rural communities (see Rural Proofing).

ACRE also administers the Rural Community Buildings Loan Fund of £700,000 on behalf of Defra, which provides financial support to village hall management committees to improve facilities for their communities.

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End Fuel Poverty Coalition

ACRE is a member of the End Fuel Poverty Coalition which campaigns to influence government and other bodies to take action to end fuel poverty and thereby improve people’s health and quality of life as well as seeking to reduce the cost of living, create jobs and negate carbon emissions in the process. It is a broad coalition of over 20 anti-poverty, environmental and health campaigners, local authorities, trade unions and consumer organisations.

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National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund are currently supporting our work to help ACRE members develop digital solutions and our safeguarding project aimed at village halls committees.

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Norris & Fisher and Ansvar

Norris & Fisher (Insurance Brokers) Ltd, who provide specialist insurance for village halls have joined with Ansvar Insurance to become corporate sponsors of the ACRE Network’s advice and information service which supports volunteers managing these buildings. The sponsorship is helping us to consider how to sustain and develop the service so that it is fit for the future, especially as community groups increasingly look for support online.

Post Office Advisory Group

ACRE is a member of the Post Offices Advisory Group co-ordinated by Citizens Advice. Citizens Advice is the statutory advocate for postal consumers in England and Wales. The Post Offices Advisory Group enables stakeholders to share news on developments relevant to the post office sector, and facilitates policy development.

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Rural Coalition

ACRE provides the national secretariat for the Rural Coalition; thirteen national organisations who subscribe to a vision for a living and working countryside in England. Find out more.